I know abortion can be a hot button for many people, so I have avoided talking about it before on my blog.
But the FOCA coming up for a re vote in our Senate soon has made me speak out.
The Freedom of Choice Act sounds nice, doesn't it? I like Freedom, I like Choice. For the most part, I usually like Government Acts too. But don't be fooled by the nice name, because the Freedom of Choice Act takes away freedoms while tossing aside all current Abortion regulations.
If it gets voted through by our Senate, President Obama has already stated he will pass it, so guys, we have to stop it in the Senate.
Here is a summary of what it is:
*It takes away all State regulations on Abortion.
*With State regulations taken away, that means: a minor girl of any age can go get an abortion without parental knowledge or consent.
*It takes away the choices of nurses, doctors and hospitals to not preform abortions
*It removes the restrictions on how abortions can be preformed, allowing women to do it however they want or desire, which opens them up for trouble should they decide to try doing on themselves or going to someone that is not trained in how to preform abortions
*It will lift the restriction on partial birth abortion, where a baby in the second and third trimesters is induced, halfway born, and then either the neck is broken or the brain is sucked out in order to "abort it" before "birth" at which time it would have been legally considered human.
*It will set aside portions of tax money to fund abortions
Yes, I am strongly pro-life, and if you care to know why or desire arguing with me about it you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyways, I wanted to make it clear that I am biased. However, know that voting against this Act DOES NOT mean abortion laws as they are now will change. They won't. Abortion will still be legal, and States will still have the current restrictions they chose in place. ABORTION WILL STILL BE ALLOWED, but in the current safer, guided ways with limits and rules. Here are the current restrictions and the number of States with them:
- State abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states
- Forty-four states’ laws concerning parental involvement
- Forty states’ laws on restricting later-term abortions
- Forty-six states’ conscience protection laws for individual health care providers
- Twenty-seven states’ conscience protection laws for institutions
- Thirty-eight states’ bans on partial-birth abortions
- Thirty-three states’ laws on requiring counseling before an abortion
- Sixteen states’ laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion
FOCA will remove all these restrictions completely. Taking away these restrictions will only hurt the women this Act is meant to help by taking away the right to full knowledge (like the states that require an ultrasound; looking at the baby, and seeing the heartbeat, fingers and toes, can help a woman decide if abortion is what she wants so that later, when she has a pregnancy she does want, she is not shocked to see the early ultrasound and haunted by the uninformed choice she made for what she thought was just a blob). It will take away the right of nurses, doctors and hospitals to choose not to assist in abortions, currently protected by 46 states. One of my best friends is a nurse who just adopted a little girl after years of trying to have one. Could you imagine her losing her right to say no, I won't assist in an abortion? It takes away the requirement for counseling before an abortion-if something so dramatic is going to be done to a woman's body, doesn't it seem reasonable to help her prepare mentally for what she is about to go through? Yea, that will all be taken away.
Here is a list of sites you can get more information on FOCA from:
READ THE ACT:http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/assets/files/Abortion-Access-to-Abortion-FOCA.pdf
ACTIONS OF THE ACT and LINKS:http://www.nrlc.org/foca/index.html
WHAT THE ACT DOES:http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=29839
LATE TERM/PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION INFORMATION :http://www.abortionfacts.com/online_books/love_them_both/why_cant_we_love_them_both_18.asp
WHAT MICHELLE OBAMA SAID ABOUT PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION: http://www.jillstanek.com/archives/2008/05/michelle_obamas.html
To Fight Foca, go here to sign the petition, write your Senators and Representatives OR comment here or through my email at email@example.com, let me know your name, state, and area of representation and I will write and mail a simple statement saying: "Please Vote No To the Freedom OF Choice Act" to them for you. You can also go here to directly email your Senators and Representatives: http://actions.nchla.org/Core.aspx?Screen=compose2&SessionID=$AID=970:SITEID=-1:VV_CULTURE=en-us:APP=GAC:ISSUEID=15856$