Barack Obama’s FOCA Bill Will Make Him the Most Pro-Abortion Presdient

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 24, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama’s FOCA Bill Will Make Him the Most Pro-Abortion Presdient

by Laura Echevarria Editorial Columnist
November 24, 2008 Note: Laura Echevarria is a opinion columnist. She is the former Director of Media Relations and a spokesperson for the National Right to Life Committee and has been a radio announcer and freelance writer active in local politics.

Many of us have been discouraged by the outcome of the elections. Let’s be honest—we are devastated.

Pro-abortion groups are celebrating and we are mourning, not the loss of the elections, but the loss of life that will result.

Barack Obama is on track to become the most pro-abortion president ever, something I didn’t think was possible after having experienced first-hand the fight against the pro-abortion policies of President Clinton.

But I was wrong.

Barack Obama will likely prove to be more pro-abortion and, sadly, more successful at implementing his pro-abortion policies.

There are many people of good will, people who claim to be pro-life, who voted for and even publicly supported Barack Obama for president. They were wrong to do so. Choosing a candidate for president must consist of more than lumping the moral issues of our day together—equally—and then choosing the candidate who seems to support the most of them.

The right to life is more than that. It is a moral issue because of the innocent human lives that are lost, by the thousands, every day.

The loss of human life on such magnitude deserves its place at the top of the hierarchy of moral issues of the day. If thousands of men, women and children died every day because of some other moral issue then that would gain our attention as well. But all other moral issues pale in comparison to the loss of life experienced everyday in this country through legal abortion.

As I write this, nearly 140 babies will die over the course of the hour. And that number is as low as it is because of pro-life laws and policies that are in place—including White House policies and executive orders.

Barack Obama has vowed to overturn these policies and has said on several occasions that one of the first things he would do would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). Proponents claim that FOCA would "codify" Roe v. Wade. That’s just legalese for saying that FOCA would place into the legal code what the Supreme Court did with its Court decision in 1973.

But that’s not true—FOCA would do much more than that.

National Right to Life Legislative Director, Douglas Johnson, said, "The claim that the bill would ‘codify Roe’ is just a marketing gimmick by the proponents. The sponsors hope that journalists and legislators will lazily accept that vague shorthand phrase – but it is very misleading. The references to Roe in the bill are in non-binding, discursive clauses. The heart of the bill is a ban that would nullify all of the major types of pro-life laws that the Supreme Court has said are permissible under Roe v. Wade, including the ban on partial-birth abortions and bans on government funding of abortion."

According to NRLC, the bill’s language is clear: "The bill flatly invalidates any ‘statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action’ of any federal, state, or local government or governmental official (or any person acting under government authority) that would ‘deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose’ abortion, or that would ‘discriminate against the exercise of the right . . . in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.’"

No longer would protective pro-life legislation, such as right-to-know laws or parental involvement laws, protect women and minor daughters. No longer would unborn babies, mere inches from delivery, be protected from a gruesome death by partial-birth abortion. And the Hyde Amendment, which prevents tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, would be nullified.

And all this is just the beginning.

But there is hope.

In 1992, Bill Clinton swept into office, and we beat back many of his pro-abortion policies, including the failed Clinton health care plan. We can do it again.

We are organized. We are many voices united for one cause. We have the truth on our side: "If God be for us, who can be against us."

Get ready to fight the good fight—we have until January to get ready.

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