Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Outcomes of FOCA

Senator Barak Obama has promised that his very first act, should he be elected president of the United States will be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). Not end the Iraq War, lower our taxes, cut federal spending. look for energy alternatives, or work on the foreclosure crisis. No, the most important issue on his mind is abortion.

Should an Obama presidency becoma a reality, he would undo all the work of pro-life activists over the past 35 years. All of the following restrictions would be nullified by FOCA:

• the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions;

• the federal law banning partial birth abortions, which was finally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2007;

• the "Mexico City Policy," which has barred the use of federal taxpayers' money to pay for abortions in other countries;

• laws in 44 states that preserve a parental role when children under 18 seek abortions;

• laws in 40 states that restrict late-term abortions;

• laws in 46 states that protect the right of conscience for individual health care providers;

• laws in 27 states that protect the right of conscience for institutions;

• laws in 38 states that ban partial birth abortions;

• laws in 33 states that require counseling before having an abortion;

• and laws in 16 states that provide for ultrasounds before an abortion.

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