Friday, January 02, 2009

freedom of choice act

President-elect Obama has vowed to sign the Freedom of Choice Act as the first thing he'll do as President.

The Freedom of Choice Act seeks to eradicate all laws limiting abortion in any way. A potential consequence of this Act is that Catholic hospitals would be forced to perform abortions. They would close instead. Conscience rights that protect medical professionals from prosecution when they decline to perform abortions could be in danger if FOCA is passed. To me it looks like FOCA denies choice.

Here is some information on this Act as presented by NARAL, Pro-Choice America.

Here is information as presented by National Right to Life.

If you would like to sign a petition against FOCA, go here.

13 comments:

Michelle said...

I hadn't heard anything about this. Where did he say that this would be the first thing he would do as president?

Calandria said...

He made that statement speaking at a Planned Parenthood event.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

The name of the act is so misleading! I plan on posting baout this tomorrow.

Michelle said...

Do you have a reference? I am curious to do some more research about this. I had hoped that the "rare" of the "rare, safe, and legal" discussion about abortion would be emphasized. And I don't like the thought that this could be his first official act as president...

Anonymous said...

Very disturbing. ...mum

Ave said...

These jokers spew so much crap it is hard to tell what they actually intend. I am not surprised.

Karen ~ said...

Three points:

1. This is not current news; the Planned Parenthood speech was in 2007.

2. Obama cannot sign anything until and unless congress passes it; most people believe FOCA will not be passed any time soon by congress (it's been around for 20 years and has never reached the floor for a vote.)

3. Freedom of Conscience provision is current law and would not be overturned - http://www.lawserver.com/articles/us_code_42_usc_300a-7

Calandria said...

Yes, I knew of the Planned Parenthood speech in '07. I thought something recent may have come up but a google search didn't turn up anything. The language he used was pretty strong in that '07 speech. I mean, HE is the one who said that was the first thing he'd do--of course congress would have to pass it first. Still, I find that a disturbing number of senators and reps support this legislation.

Sumpy Gump said...

Freedom of Choice Act? More like Now-I-can-disregard-the-consequences-of-my-actions Act.

Seriously, what is with that name? Why name an act so vaguely? If what you reported is true, and the extent of the act, it seems like "Abortion is OK Act", or "Anti-Anti-Abortion Act (AAAA)", or "Feel Free to Abort Unborn Children Act (FFTAUCA)" would be better names. It makes it sound like if you are opposed to said act that you are opposed to the freedom of choice!

I always thought "Pro-choice" poorly named. A pregnant woman already made her choice, unless it happened against her will.

I haven't heard about this before, so thanks for the info.

yesweareonmars said...

Why is it that they use something like 'freedom of choice' for something that takes choice away??? Its the same with the Patriot Act. It was against Patriotism not for it! Seems to me they have to learn English.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is why would sending the right to choose back to the state level be a bad thing? That way it would be put back into the hands of the people instead of the senators. Ooooo! What might happen next? Democracy?
ave

athena said...

karen is right. obama can't sign anything to law until it passes in congress. i've been keeping watch on the house elections since november. obama wants a filibuster proof senate so he can get all his laws passed, but he lost the senate seat in georgia and they're still contesting in minnessota. he has a swarm of lawyers in minnessota contesting a huge number of ballots and it looks like he's going to win them. i know this has nothing to do with your post on abortion but i think what is happening in these states for the senate seats should be a major concern too. afterall if he gets his filibuster proof house then that's when we should really be worried. if this is any consolation catholics are the largest represented religious affliation within government.

Mike & Mal said...

Personally, if they want to choose, so be it. I mean, yes, I think they should have to raise the child they already brought into the world whether it's in the womb or out, but if they abort they'll have to answer for it eventually. HOWEVER, forcing a religion who teaches and truly feels that abortion is wrong to start performing them in their hospitals is taking away an already established freedom we have in this country: religion. Ever heard of it? Yeah. I mean, if you want an abortion so badly, go somewhere else.