by Dr. Linda Powell
I can think of 500,000 reasons why I will not vote for Obama in November!
There are 1.3 million womb babies killed in the US each year. There would be at least 500,000 more killed during an Obama presidency. He has already promised Planned Parenthood that one of his first presidential acts would be to sign FOCA into law.
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)
FOCA’s key provision is that “it is the policy of the United States that every woman has a fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.” So, a “government” (which is undefined in the act) may not “deny or interfere” (also undefined in the act) with a “woman’s right to choose” or “discriminate “(also undefined) against the “exercise of these rights.”
In general, if FOCA is enacted, it would wipe out virtually every existing state law on abortion and override 35 years of jurisprudence on the subject. It is written so broadly that some of the laws that would be invalidated would be informed consent laws, parental notification laws, laws promoting maternal health if they result in abortions costing more, and abortion clinic regulations. Our tax dollars would go to provide abortions. Laws that protect the rights of conscience for doctors, nurses, and medical personnel in general could be overturned, partial birth abortion would be legal again, waiting periods would be outlawed, and physicians would not be required to keep records with respect to abortions performed.
FOCA is a radical measure
FOCA is out of touch with the majority of Americans who want some limits on abortion. FOCA would undo all the “incremental” legislation that we, in the pro-life movement, were told was the only way we could limit abortions in this country. If FOCA is passed and signed into law, would we, who have always believed in and promoted a constitutional amendment to protect all life from conception to natural death, feel vindicated? No, it would be very, very sad. We have been advancing the ball down a field where the other side wasn’t even in the same stadium. The intent of the pro-death crowd has always been unlimited abortions for no reason or any reason and for you and me, the taxpayers, to pay for them.
We gave our elected officials in Washington, who claimed to be pro-life, a pass. Many national groups supported them even though they believed that babies can be killed if they were conceived in rape or incest. Many Catholic bishops didn’t enforce Canon Law and allowed Catholic senators and representatives to continue to scandalize the Catholic faithful. So now, if BO is elected, we’ll have FOCA.
On the local level, in the last Georgia Assembly, our pro-life representatives couldn’t get a resolution out of committee. This resolution would have put personhood into the Georgia constitution when people would have voted for it. Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta joined forces against it, albeit for different reasons, but the result was the same. Now, we’ll have FOCA.
In Georgia, we have some of those incremental laws like the Woman’s Right to Know, parental notification, and the Ultrasound Act. It took 15 years and a lot of money and sweat equity for the Woman’s Right to Know Law to pass. And, now we’ll have FOCA.
Imagine going up to Obama and saying to him, “Oh, you think that it is all right to abuse children in the privacy of your own home, but what is your stand on the economy?” We wouldn’t care what he had to say about the economy! We would send him and Biden packing. Abused children would outweigh anything else he had to say. Fifty million dead babies outweigh $4.00 gasoline. In fact, fifty million dead babies outweigh just about everything that is happening right now. In fact, what is happening right now could be the result of killing our children.
Think about it.