While everyone is focusing on the economy as we near Election Day, the issue of abortion has moved to a point of obscurity. If the average person knew and understood the position of Senator Obama, I can hardly understand why anyone, even a moderate “Pro-Choicer”, wouldn’t gasp.
A dangerous bill that will increase abortions by an enormous amount is being resurrected by abortion advocates: the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) H.R. 1964 and S.1173. FOCA is usually reported as “codifying Roe v. Wade,” but it is much more. Since the Webster and Casey decisions in 1989 and 1992, the Supreme Court has allowed states to limit abortion somewhat by such things as requiring parental involvement and informed consent, prohibiting government funding of most abortion, and more recently outlawing most partial birth abortions.
But FOCA tolerates none of this. Advocates and opponents of FOCA all agree that the bill would nullify every legal limit on abortion, state, federal or otherwise. Americans United for Life, as well as the Family Research Council, explain this fact in great detail. Abortion advocates who want FOCA concur: NOW, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and FOCA sponsor Senator Barbara Boxer all contend that FOCA will strike down all state pro-life laws.
Senator Obama has said that singning FOCA will be the first thing he does as President. Click on the following link to see for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf0XIRZSTt8
Considering current reduction factors, parental involvement laws lead to 0.54 fewer abortions per 1000 women of childbearing age, informed consent laws lead to 0.92 fewer, and state restrictions on Medicaid funding lead to 2.08 fewer. Both pro-life and pro-abortion organizations tell us which states have these laws in place: 36 states have parental involvement laws, 26 states have informed consent laws, and 34 states have funding restrictions.
The U.S. Census Bureau gives us projections for 2009 of females age 15-44 in each of these states. Then it’s a simple matter of cross-referencing the number of women of childbearing age in each state with each abortion restriction. The grand total number of abortions reduced by these laws is 124,947.6, per year. This is a minimum. FOCA will strike down other laws, state and federal, that reduce abortions, and will force states to facilitate abortions.
Even with this minimum, that’s 125,000 children that were not killed this year because we have these laws, and 125,000 children (added to the existing 1.3 million abortions) who will be killed in 2009 and every year after if FOCA is passed. FOCA is indeed a staggering expansion of abortion, both in principle and in actual lives lost
125,000 more abortions is only the tip of the FOCA iceberg. It will also make criminals of Doctors and Nurses who refuse to perform abortions and will allow for tax dollars to be used to fund abortions. Don’t forget that since Roe v Wade abortion has become a $1 Billion industry in this country and Planned Parenthood is the leader in the abortion business.