By Magdeburger Joe
President Elect Barack Obama’s “honeymoon” could come to a screeching halt if he ends up signing into law the “Freedom of Choice Act”, which not only removes all legal obstacles to abortion, but other critical safeguards such as parental consent requirements and the right of religious hospitals to refuse involvement in providing abortions.
FOCA may be the most radical social legislation in decades. It seeks to strip every last restraint from abortion - outlawing states’ requirements for waiting periods, informed consent or parental consent; preventing health and safety regulation of abortion clinics and abortionists - and even ending restrictions on partial-birth abortion.
The law would overturn hundreds of local, state and federal laws governing abortion, laws that involved the input of citizens and reflected their concerns.
Freedom of Choice Act is a grotesque misnomer. Millions of individual health care providers would under the act be required to violate the cardinal tenets of their faith by performing abortions.
Barack Obama has a stellar reputation with abortion rights activists, who give him a 100% approval rating. In a speech to Planned Parenthood in July of 2007, Obama pledged his support to FOCA, saying, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do… On this issue I will not yield.”
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