America's political leaders must reshuffle their priorities if they are to save the nation's children from poverty, abuse and disease, Marian Wright Edelman said during her keynote address at the AAP Annual Meeting.

"If we can spend $8 billion in a single day to save the savings and loans, and President Bush talks about capital gains tax cuts that will benefit 375,000 of the richest families in America, then why can't we find the money to invest in immunizations and prenatal care to save our children?" said Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

We pray and accept responsibility for those children who hug us in a hurry and to get their lunch money;

Who cover themselves with band aids and sing off key;

Who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink and slurp their soup;

And we pray and accept responsibility for children who never get desert;

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