The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.
Frist is wrong, but not for any reasons having to do with abortion, just as Bush is right, but not for anything to do with abortion. The federal government has no business funding any kind of research.