Posted by: Jayme | November 22, 2008

What the Freedom of Choice Act Will DO:

For pro-lifers, the most important legislation facing the new congress will be the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).   (In the Senate it’s bill 1173, in the House bill 1964.)   I personally believe that if all Americans knew what this potential law actually contained, the public outcry would be tremendous.  The difficulty in sharing it is the complex nature of the bill.  To help explain it, I found this very straight-forward list of what the FOCA will actually do.  The Choose Life site posted it.

Laws pertaining to the following would be overturned by the FOCA:myphoto31

  • Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
  • Hyde Amendment (restricting taxpayer funding of abortions)
  • Restrictions on abortions performed at military hospitals
  • Restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion for federal employees
  • Informed consent laws
  • Waiting periods
  • Parental consent and notification laws
  • Health and safety regulations for abortion clinics
  • Requirements that licensed physicians perform abortions
  • “Delayed enforcement” laws (banning abortion when Roe v. Wade is overturned and/or the authority to restrict abortion is returned to the states)
  • Bans on partial-birth abortion
  • Bans on abortion after viability. FOCA’s apparent attempt to limit post-viability abortions is illusory. Under FOCA, post-viability abortions are expressly permitted to protect the woman’s “health.” Within the context of abortion, “health” has been interpreted so broadly that FOCA would not actually proscribe any abortion before or after viability.
  • Limits on public funding for elective abortions now covered by the Mexico City Policy (thus, making American taxpayers fund a procedure that many find morally objectionable)
  • Limits on the use of public facilities (such has public hospitals and medical schools at state universities) for abortions
  • State and federal legal protections for individual healthcare providers who decline to participate in abortions
  • Legal protections for Catholic and other religiously-affiliated hospitals who, while providing care to millions of poor and uninsured Americans, refuse to allow abortions within their facilities

For some ideas on what you can do, check out my permapost, Here’s my plan.  What’s yours?

Also, sign the Americans United for Life petition, and join the over 200,000 who already have.  (It’s going to be more effective than many other petitions because it takes names and addresses.)

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