Bush standing behind abortion opponents

Washington (AP) - President Bush is voicing his support for thousands of abortion opponents rallying in the nation's capital today.

The president is pushing his tax-cutting plans in St. Louis, but he's broadcasting a message to the anti-abortion demonstrators, who are marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

In remarks prepared for the March for Life rally on Washington's National Mall, Bush says the U.S. has to "protect the lives of innocent children waiting to be born."

He's calling on lawmakers to approve measures banning some late-term abortions -- and to ban human cloning. But he's stopping short of calling for a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion.

Bush notes the March for Life is near the memorial to Thomas Jefferson, and that the rally upholds Jefferson's belief in "the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

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