Barack Obama told a Planned Parenthood audience in July 2007 that the first thing he’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. (Search YouTube for FOCA). The Senate version, S.1173, was sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and the House bill, H.R. 1964, was introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Barack Obama was a co-sponsor of the Senate Bill. What is FOCA?
• It creates a fundamental right to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy.
• No governmental body at any level would be able to deny or interfere with this right.
• It would eliminate all informed-consent state laws (advising women of the risks of abortion).
• It would eliminated all state-enacted parental involvement laws including notification
• It eliminates regulations on abortion clinics
• It would end conscience-protection laws (pro-life hospitals and medical personnel opting out of abortion procedures)
• After FOCA, any laws prohibiting a particular abortion procedure, such as partial birth abortion, would no longer be in force.
• It would strike laws requiring that abortions only be performed by a license physician.
• It codifies Roe v. Wade
The Catholic Church, one of the nation’s largest health care providers, may shut down over 500 hospitals and 400 clinics that it now operates if the law passes rather than become abortion clinics. At least 80 million poor and work-class families could lose health care currently provided by the Catholic Church.
A letter was sent to all members of Congress in September by Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He stated that “ Despite its deceptive title, FOCA, would deprive the American people in all 50 states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry. It would counteract any and all sincere efforts by government to reduce abortions in our country. We can’t reduce abortions by promoting abortion.”
While similar legislation has been introduced in the past, the Senate may have a filibuster proof majority to get this law passed. And with a willing president eager to sign FOCA, abortion on demand could become a national entitlement. Please contact Senators Boxer and Feinstein as well as your Congressman/woman asking them to oppose FOCA.
Seriously? I do not understand how people could support abortions after 6 or 7 months. With today's technology, a baby can survive at those times. If the child can survive outside the womb, that is like, super murder to me. That defeats the purpose to me. And eliminating Doctor's from having to tell women the risks of abortion? Harumph--in the last 30 years, 600,000 women have suffered post-abortion depression. Of course, out of the 50 million abortions performed, I guess that is a small amount. COUGH. Not only that, but having an abortion could seriously affect a woman's reproductive system. These things should be mentioned, as well as the Option of Adoption.
As far as closing the Catholic Hospitals, Bishop Thomas Paprocki says,
“It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions. That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil.”But others want to simply ignore FOCA if it gets passed. Why?
According to the Catholic Health Association of the United States, Catholic hospitals make up 13 percent of the country’s nearly 5,000 hospitals, and employ more than 600,000 people. CHA says one of every six Americans hospitalized in the United States is cared for in a Catholic hospital.The question I would really like to ask is this: If our President has said on so many occasions that he wants to find common ground and compromise--why then is he going out of his way to royally piss on the conservatives in this country? He made a campaign promise that if the Freedom of Choice should come to him in a bill, as President he would sign it.
I can honestly, from my heart, understand some women who get abortions in the first trimester. But later on---isn't that just more evidence that they're killing an actual person? When you see it coming out in pieces?