Saturday, November 15, 2008

Where's the Freedom?

Where is the "freedom" in the Freedom of Choice Act?

If this bill is passed, hospitals, obstestricians, and their nurses will lose the freedom to choose whether or not abortions are something they want to provide. In other words, they will not be legally allowed to act according to their consciences.

If this bill is passed, the states will lose the freedom to pass legislation - or to enforce current legislation - regarding abortion. For example, in some states parents must be informed before a minor daughter can be given an abortion. In other states, information must be provided to the mother explaining her options. If the Freedom of Choice Act were passed into federal law, any related state laws would be wiped out in one short stroke of the pen.

The Freedom of Choice Act is so strong and broad, that in addition to other considerations, if it were passed, women could find themselves getting medically "unsafe" abortions. Although I believe that any abortion is medically and mentally dangerous for the mother, and it is certainly lethal for the baby, yet this was the original argument I heard so many years ago, before abortion was made legal - that illegal ("back alley") abortions were dangerous. They repeat that argument even now, even while they consider taking away the very minimal medical protections that exist (for the mother).

So, whether you believe as I do that abortion is always wrong, or whether you don't fully agree with me, please consider that the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is not a healthy piece of legislation. And please join us in fighting this bill, which is slated to be re-introduced with the new administration.

Thank you, and God bless us one and all.

Fight FOCA Website
(Sign a petition, and learn more about the Freedom of Choice Act)

National Committee for a Human Life Amendment - Action Page
(this particular page was posted in September but it is very informative)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

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