Thursday, April 16, 2009
Freedom Of Choice Act
The "Freedom of Choice Act": Most Radical Abortion Legislation in U.S. History
The Pro-Choice American Foundation states "That by enacting FOCA, we will establish a federal law guaranteeing reproductive freedom for future generations of American women. This guarantee will protect women's rights no matter who occupies the White House or is in control of Congress"
Some say that FOCA would be similar to Roe v Wade- The Supreme Court decision that gives the "right" to abortion. There were guidelines regarding the abortion... but the FOCA is something even worse, if you can imagine that! The FOCA states that every woman has a "fundamental right" to have an abortion, and no government may deny or interfere with this right... Also, no government may discriminate against the exercise of this right when regulating or providing benefits, facilities, services, or information to the public. Which means, abortion may not be treated differently from live birth - if a public program supports motherhood it must equally support abortion.
FOCA will invalidate laws to protect a woman from unsafe abortion clinics and to ensure that she is informed about abortion. Roe permitted regulation of the facility in which the abortion is to be performed. FOCA actually removes the information informing the woman of alternative choices..
FOCA will require taxpayers to pay for abortions
FOCA will require states to allow "partial birth" and other late-term abortions. A woman would have the ability to legally abort her child until the moment of birth without any restrictions. In the last stages of pregnancy, a heath reason for the abortion would be required. However, "health" has been so loosely interpreted in abortion law as to include even mental stress. This requirement does not prevent any late term abortions. FOCA would overturn every state law that has been enacted to restrict abortion in any way.
FOCA will require states to allow abortions by non-physicians.
FOCA will bar laws protecting a right of conscientious objection to abortion - no physician, hospital, nor hospital personnel shall be required to violate personally-held moral principles. The current version of FOCA removes language found in previous versions of the bill to permit regulations to protect conscience.
FOCA will DENY parents an opportunity to be involved in their minor daughter's abortion decision. Our daughters can get an abortion without us knowing but they cannot bring a Midol to school...
The Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act on April 18, 2007. The very next day the Freedom of Choice (FOCA) was reintroduced in the Senate and House by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Other versions of the proposed legislation has been introduced over the years, beginning in 1989. Now, however, abortion advocates feared that the Supreme Court could add further restrictions on abortion and needed a way to insure this would not happen. Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading provider of abortion, immediately called for the passage of FOCA. Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion Congressmen want absolutely no restrictions on abortion. This includes everything - from minors having to tell their parents of their intention to get an abortion to taxpayer funded elective abortions through Medicaid.
When President Barrack Obama was running for President, he stated that the FOCA Bill would be a priority of his to sign... So far, he hasn't signed..at least I don't think so. Women need to know their options...they need to know that aborting their child can cause severe anxiety later in life...I know women personally who twenty years later are dealing with their grief... Women need to know that adoption is an option... I am a mother of two adopted children and if the birthmothers went to Planned Parenthood rather than a Christian facility...I may not be a mother today.....
One thing I do want to say, is I will never judge or condemn a person who chose to abort their child..That is not something I have a right to do...I do believe that women and men need to be educated on both sides and not go into something like abortion without knowing the facts and their options....
"Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born." Ronald Reagan
* information from Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities and NARAL - Pro-choice American Foundation