I got an email today about the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), and I think it is so important that we educate ourselves on this matter.
What is the Freedom of Choice Act?
Freedom of Choice Act - Link
To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman's freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.previous 110th session of congress Other Bill Titles (2 more)Hide Other Bill Titles
Official: To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman's freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes. as introduced.
Short: Freedom of Choice Act as introduced.
4/19/2007--Introduced.Freedom of Choice Act - Declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to:
(1) bear a child;
(2) terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or
(3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health. Prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from:
(1) denying or interfering with a woman's right to exercise such choices; or
(2) discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively. Authorizes an individual aggrieved by a violation of this Act to obtain appropriate relief, including relief against a governmental entity, in a civil action.
Here is President Obama talking about FOCA -
While doing my research (gotta love the internet), I came across some conflicting information. The email said that it would require all Catholic hospitals to close if they wouldn't offer an abortion, but most of the things I read said this was false. It also discussed how the tax payers would be paying for the abortions. Again, much of what I read said there was no real 'proof' of this. I guess we won't really know unless it passes, so I encourage each of you to look it up for yourselves and see what the fuss is about. And then for heavens sake, SIGN THE PETITION (well, unless you don't want to, then you really shouldn't. But do it anyway).
After I signed the petition, I got this draft of an email to send to my friends. I will post it here instead...
I'm writing to let you know about a terrible piece of legislation called "The Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA). FOCA would establish the right to abortion as a fundamental right (like the right to free speech) and wipe away every restriction on abortion nationwide. It will eradicate state and federal abortion laws that the majority of Americans support and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future. Please read the expert analysis by Americans United for Life (AUL) and sign the Fight FOCA petition at: http://www.FightFOCA.com
And for all you skeptics, I checked it out on Snopes (they know everything!!!). Click HERE for more info on their website.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing"