On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised pro-abortionists he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) should Congress pass the legislation (see video below).
According to FOX News:
The act is designed to eliminate the “threats that remain” to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court abortion rights decision that prompted the annual March for Life. Those threats include possible reversal of the decision and “legislative or administrative policies that make abortion more difficult and dangerous to obtain.”
From the proponents side, FOCA is seen as a protector of women’s health, both mental and physical. It enhances quality of life by relieving the burden of a unwanted child and will decrease the number of abortions needed through planned parenthood.
The former President of Catholics for Choice in Washington D.C. says FOCA will ensure women of ages, and particularly poor women that “political whims” will be taken off the table once FOCA becomes law.
Speaker of the House and Catholic, Nancy Pelosi, doesn’t let the matter of a child living or a child dying cloud the issue. She says the “doctors of the church” haven’t yet decided when life begins.
From the opponents side, FOCA is first seen as murder, and second as an abuse of a parent’s right to participate in their own child’s pregnancy.
Both pro-abortionists and anti-abortionists say their supporters are energized by Obama’s willingness to enact FOCA.
From the opponents viewpoint, finding something to be enthused about must be difficult.
With the issue becoming an imminent threat, FOCA will motivate anti-abortionists and conservative religious organizations to get activists on the telephone to Congress, but the reality is … the path for the President to bring FOCA to his base is unobstructed. A a heavy-handed Democrat legislative body stand ready, willing, and able to beat back any notions of morality.
Not to be discouraged, however, Noreen Hobson, President of the Right to Life Organization, definitely sees the glass at least half-full. She reminds us that in Obama’s inaugural speech he acknowledges “the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”
There is good news: “FOCA does restrict abortions after the fetus is viable, or can live outside of the woman, which is approximately 24 weeks into the pregnancy ….” This is no small blessing.
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Whether Catholic or not, what do you think?
Obama, Abortion and the Catholic Church – Video
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