The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is coming we had better speak up and speak out now. We know it is coming because Barack Obama told us it is.
While speaking to Planned Parenthood in July of 2007 he said:
The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that I’d do.
If you are not familiar with FOCA allow me to give you a quick overview.
From Life Site News
Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would prohibit the states from “interference with a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability or … after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.” It would also prohibit so-called “discrimination … in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.” If passed, the Freedom of Choic Act would nullify any and all restrictions on abortion, from parental consent laws, to waiting periods, to informed consent provisions, and the like.
You may find the whole text of the FOCA here.
Any and all limits on abortion would cease to exist.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said in an April 2007 press release:
I am pleased to join so many leaders in the pro-choice movement, Senator Boxer, and our colleagues, to introduce the Freedom of Choice Act.
This legislation would, for the first time, codify the rights guaranteed under the Constitution by Roe v. Wade. It would bar government – at any level – from interfering with a woman’s fundamental right to choose to bear a child, or to terminate a pregnancy
There would be no ban on partial birth abortion.
There would be no parental notification.
The Hyde Amendment (admittedly an imperfect piece of legislation), gone.
The Mexico City policy (baring the use of federal taxpayers money to pay for abortions in other nations), gone.
In other words, no limits.
The Pro Life movement must begin fighting this now, we cannot wait until the last moment.
I imagine with a passage of FOCA the scrutiny and prosecution of Pro Lifers will be amped up as well.
When you are out there, outside the abortion mills, you must be about winning the hearts and minds of those women who are preparing to abort their child.
Those men who are bringing their wife or girlfriend to the mill.
When you are at work, at church, where ever you can, you must be winning hearts and minds.
It’s nice when we are able to make headway by passing legislation but those days may well be gone for the foreseeable (though I pray not), while I think most pro lifers have always been about winning the hearts and minds, too many in my opinion have looked to the law as the only answer.
Well, the law may no longer be an option at least not during the next four years.
I’m not saying FOCA cannot be defeated, it very might be that it can be defeated.
And surely we must try to defeat it and we must fight in earnest right now.
The fight against it, knowing the likelihood of an Obama win, began much later than it should have so late that we are at a disadvantage.
So yes, let’s fight and fight hard.
But let’s not forget FOCA is not our only battle front.