Ann Shibler 
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Freedom of Choice Act contains language advocating the termination of a pregnancy “without government interference.” That’s a phrase, along with the term “privacy” that we’re not used to associating with the heavy hand of government these days.
Unfortunately, we are getting used to the intrusion and restrictions of big government in our personal lives on a daily basis. But when it comes to abortion and the murdering of innocents, the federal government is willing to turn a blind eye under the guise of freedom of choice, while with the other eye they limit how much toothpaste and shampoo we can take on an airplane.
Proponents of the deceptively titled Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would have us believe that the purpose of the bill is to codify Roe. v. Wade. Such is not the case. There is no attempt, however, to hide the true intent of FOCA, H.R. 1964 in the House and S. 1173 in the Senate, in any ambiguous terminology. Feeling threats to Roe. v. Wade, as some states try to limit and regulate abortion, the pro-abortion league is going all out to effectively end any opposition to abortion, legally and finally.
FOCA will specifically change the present policy in the United States, guaranteeing that surgical and medical abortions be a fundamental right. It would invalidate any “statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action” of any federal, state, or local government or governmental official, that would “deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose.”
This is broad language, indeed. But it gets even broader.
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FOCA will apply “to every Federal, State, and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before, on, or after the date of enactment.” In essence it usurps the rights of the states to decide for themselves any restrictions or limitations on abortion. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who introduced the bill in the Senate, rightly summed it up saying, “FOCA will supersede all other laws.” And the bill has powerful supporters. According to a June report carried by CNSNews, in July 2007 during a speech to the Planned Parenthood action fund, President-Elect Obama said: “Well, the first thing I’d do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act…. That’s the first thing I’d do.”
The far-reaching provisions in the bill will invalidate and nullify the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, the Hyde Amendment, informed consent laws, waiting periods, parental notification laws, limits on public funding for elective abortions (American taxpayers, like it or not, will foot the bill for abortions and the abortion industry), and health and safety regulations for the abortion clinics themselves.
The most egregious provisions of the bill would allow the killing of technically full-term babies for “health” reasons, and would remove legal protections for religiously-affiliated hospitals and the doctors and nurses who staff them.
Personally, the most inexplicable passage in the FOCA bill is found in Section 2, Number 7:
The Roe v. Wade decision also expanded the opportunities for women to participate equally in society. In 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey (505 U.S. 833), the Supreme Court observed that ‘[t]he ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.’
What? Getting an abortion means one is only then equally participating in society?
FOCA will impose the immorality of abortion and utter disregard for life on an entire nation and people. It is not about “reproductive freedom;” that is nothing but a euphemism for abortion. FOCA is about promoting abortion, not reducing abortions.