November 11, 2008

FOCA on the Family

Pardon the pun, but churches and families need to be aware of how the Freedom of Choice Act will impact their community, something we should expect to see enacted within Obama's first 100 days in office. For more information on the legal impact, visit Americans United for Life. Women, especially young and underage, will be put at risk because of this repeal of all state-enacted regulation. Now is the time for our churches to get serious about bioethics in the pew. Isn't it amazing? We need to regulate big business, but unfettered access to the unborn is what is being handed to the abortion industry. Here is some of what you can expect to see nullified by FOCA:
  • 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 (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

1 comment:

Collin Brendemuehl said...

Will FOCA force private & religious hospitals and related facilities to provide abortions?