Sunday, January 18, 2009

Understanding FOCA and OBAMA

I am sending this to you all because I think it is vitally important that you understand what is getting ready to happen in just a couple of days. I hope you will read everything and try to understand why I am so passionate about what our next President is going to do right after he takes the oath of office.

For this reason alone if for no other we as Christians should be on our faces crying out to God asking that he calls Obama and changes his heart so that America does not suffer God's wrath for killing so many unborn.

Speak up America and let your voices be heard for these little ones who will never see the light of day. The death they endure is horrible ~ Their silent screams should be heard ~ Are you listening? Can you be a voice that will loudly sound an alarm and proclaim that the killing fields of America should cease!

Freedom Of Choice Act (FOCA)
Following the Supreme Court’s closely divided decision to uphold the first‐ever federal ban on abortion, it is clear that the stakes have changed and the right to choose is facing a new level of assault. That’s why the pro‐choice community is working to guarantee the right to choose through the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) – a measure that will codify Roe v. Wade’s protections and guarantee the right to choose for future generations of women.
• Recognizing that a woman’s right to choose is being chipped away both by the courts and state lawmakers, the pro‐choice community – with the help of pro‐choice leaders in Congress like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D‐CA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D‐NY) – is working to enact a federal law that would restore the right to choose as expressed in 1973 in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

• Since Roe v. Wade was decided, a woman’s right to choose has been systematically eroded by anti‐choice legislators in states around the country. In fact, more than 500 anti‐choice measures have been enacted in the states since 1995, essentially rolling back this fundamental right for many women.

• With a woman’s right to choose already in a precarious state, President Bush’s appointment of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court further threatens the constitutional protection for reproductive rights – a threat immediately made evident in the Court’s ruling in Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

• In the Carhart decision, the newly reconfigured Court – with Bush’s appointees Roberts and Alito casting decisive votes – upheld the first‐ever federal ban on a safe abortion method – with criminal penalties for doctors. More troubling, the decision effectively reversed Supreme Court precedent and rolled back key protections that were guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, including the long‐standing exception safeguarding women’s health.

• Dissenting in Carhart, Justice Ginsburg called the majorityʹs opinion "alarming," and stated that "[f]or the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception safeguarding a womanʹs health." Further, she said, the federal ban "and the Courtʹs defense of it cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this Court."

• By enacting FOCA, we will establish a federal law guaranteeing reproductive freedom for future generations of American women. This guarantee will protect women’s rights even if President Bush and an anti‐choice Congress are successful in reversing Roe v. Wade or enacting even more restrictions on our right to choose.
January 1, 2008

The Plan for Obama
Unrestricted Abortion Is Top Priority For ‘President’ ObamaJune 18, 2008 – Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has promised that if elected President of the United States, his top legislative priority will be signing the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which will wipe out every law in the 50 states that limit or regulate abortions.FOCA is co-sponsored by Obama, along with 18 other senators. FOCA says: “It is the policy of the United States that every women has the 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.” The use of term “health of the mother” is a loophole big enough to drive a Mac Truck through. “Health of the mother” can be anything from a hang-nail to a headache. FOCA would nullify informed consent laws, waiting periods, and health safety regulations for abortion clinics. Medical professionals and institutions refusing to do abortions would lose legal protection under FOCA. Sen. Obama’s promise to sign FOCA was one of the topics of his July 17, 2007 speech to a Planned Parenthood gathering.While serving as an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama voted four times against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, an Illinois bill to protect babies who survive abortions. The Democratic Party platform (under his leadership) dropped the words meant to show moderation on abortion — “safe, legal and rare” — and added “unequivocally” to its support of abortion. Mr. Obama criticized the Supreme Court for upholding the ban on partial-birth abortion.
As a U.S. senator, Mr. Obama co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and told Planned Parenthood in 2007 that his first act as president would be to sign it.
The Freedom of Choice Act would wipe out every pro-life protection passed in the last 36 years, state and federal — and any that would be passed in the future. While advocates claim it would simply codify Roe v. Wade, Sen. Barbara Boxer admitted, “FOCA [will] supersede all other laws,” including laws that the Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional.FOCA would outlaw any “interference” with providing abortion, elevating abortion to a “fundamental right” on par with the right to free speech (which, unlike abortion, is actually in the Constitution). It would strip away the right of women to receive truthful information on the damage abortion causes, the right of parents to protect their minor daughters, the right of taxpayers not to be forced to subsidize abortions, the right of states to pass modest regulations such as health and safety codes on abortion clinics. And that’s just the beginning.According to Americans United for Life, FOCA would nullify over 550 laws including:• Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003• Hyde Amendment and other limits on forcing taxpayer funding of elective abortions• Restrictions on abortions in military hospitals• Informed consent laws• Waiting periods• Parental consent and notification laws• Health and safety regulations on abortion clinics• Requirements that licensed doctors perform abortions• Bans on abortion after the baby is viable. (Under FOCA, post-viability abortions are permitted for the woman’s “health,” which has been defined to mean almost anything.)• Legal protections for health-care providers and hospitals that decline to commit abortions Will It Reduce Abortions?Douglas Kmiec, law professor and former Reagan/Bush appointee, shocked the pro-life community by endorsing Mr. Obama. But his reasoning was terribly flawed.He claimed we have only two choices: pass limits on abortion and appoint judges who will overturn Roe, or provide help to pregnant women. As he wrote, “good, evenhanded information and genuine empathy and love save more children than hypothetical legal limits — which, as best as I can tell, have saved: well, zero.”1We can do both. And, despite Mr. Kmiec’s allegation, legal limits do save lives.Pro-life pregnancy centers provide free material, emotional and spiritual help to women with unexpected pregnancies. Women no longer need to feel alone and with only one choice — abortion — with the thousands of gracious volunteers dedicated to helping during and after (through parenting classes and other services) their time of need.On the legal side, studies show that states which pass regulations on abortion, such as informed consent laws (requiring that a patient receive information on the development of her unborn baby and possible consequences of abortion) and bans on spending tax dollars on abortions, have fewer abortions.Conversely, states that enact FOCA-type laws experience an increase in abortions.Mr. Obama’s FOCA would eliminate legal provisions that have proven to reduce the number of abortions. FOCA By StealthMr. Obama has peppered his administration with high-level, hard-core abortion advocates. Since FOCA is garnering negative attention, Mr. Obama and his allies in Congress may instead implement it piece by piece.Their first actions will likely be funding international abortion groups (through an executive order) and subsidizing domestic abortions (through government funded health care programs).

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