This morning, I started doing a bit more research on this legislation. The more I read, the more horrified I became.
Up until this point, I have been hopeful that President-Elect Obama would be reasonable and not barge into the Oval Office with the sole intent of turning the United States into something it’s not. Then I saw the video of him speaking at a Planned Parenthood rally during his campaign. He made comments like “culture wars are so 90s” and “We want a new day in America. We’re tired of fighting about the same ole stuff” and “there will always be people who do not share my views on the issue of choice…and on this fundamental issue I will not yield…” By the time the video was finished, I was outraged.
This is why I did not vote for Mr. Obama. This is why I will do all in my limited power to fight and oppose him when he starts pushing legislation as extreme and as far-left as the Freedom of Choice Act.
Some highlights of what the FOCA would do, if passed:
This would eradicate state and federal laws that the majority of Americans support, such as:
- Bans on Partial Birth Abortion
- Requirements that women be given information about the risks of getting an abortion
- Only licensed physicians can perform abortions
- Parents must be informed and give consent to their minor daughter’s abortion
FOCA would erase these laws and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.
If passed, FOCA would force all hospitals and doctors to provide abortions, at threat of losing their medical licenses of they refuse! Is this the type of culture that we want? Is this not a war worth fighting? When has fighting a culture war regarding the sanctity of human life ever been passe and out of style? And is this the kind of new day I want for my children in this great country?
I am incensed that President-Elect Obama thinks forcing people who disagree with him to do his will, is giving people a choice. I don’t get it. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines choice as follows (emphasis mine):
1. Act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred; the determination of the mind in preferring one thing to another; election.
As an adoptive mother and as a woman, please tell me, President-Elect Obama, how is forcing me to abide by your way of thinking fighting for my “voluntary act of selecting” a choice which may or may not line up with yours?
I’d love to hear your answer, sir.
In the meantime, go to the Fight FOCA website. Read through their literature, and then if you so voluntarily choose, sign the petition against this horrible proposed law.