Abortion Advocates Continue Playing Down Prospects for Timely Vote on FOCA
by Steven Ertelt
February 9, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life movement has been on high alert since the presidential elections over the potential for the radical Freedom of Choice Act to be proposed in Congress in whole or in part. As they have done before, abortion advocates continue to back away from a commitment to bring it up any time soon.
The FOCA bill is the extreme measure that pro-life advocates point out will make unlimited abortions a national law and overturn hundreds of pro-life laws in all 50 states.
With a pro-abortion White House and Congress, now is the best time for abortion advocates to shoot for the moon and they mentioned FOCA in their marching orders they presented to President Barack Obama.
But in comments to the Baltimore Sun over the weekend three key abortion advocates back down from any promise to move FOCA any time soon — though whether their comments reflect their actual thinking or an attempt to play down their pro-FOCA efforts remains to be seen.
"We deal in reality," NARAL president Nancy Keenan said. "You have to be pragmatic, realistic and, in the end, strategic."
"The votes just aren’t there," she added, saying that she doesn’t think Congress has enough pro-abortion members to overcome a potential filibuster in the Senate or perhaps even to produce a majority of votes for the bill.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat and one of the top pro-abortion stalwarts in the Senate, also spoke with the Sun and said there are no plans to introduce the bill in the immediate future.
Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat who heads the pro-abortion caucus of lawmakers in the House, also demurred saying, FOCA "is not our top priority right now."
The abortion advocates suggested their more immediate concerns are overturning the pro-life policies President Bush instituted.
President Obama already reversed the Mexico City Policy and will send taxpayer dollars to groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.
Next on the list for the president is restoring funding to the UNFPA, the pro-abortion UN agency involved in China’s forced abortion population control program, and overturning the limits on embryonic stem cell research funding.
For Congress, the upcoming battles include a bill to provide Obama support on the embryonic research funding and a measure to reverse the protections Bush put in place for doctors and medical centers that don’t want to be involved in abortions.
While pro-abortion activists are backing down on promoting FOCA, once these low-hanging fruits are picked, pro-life advocates expect them to promote FOCA in whole or in part. There is very little reason for NARAL and other groups not to push for a vote because the political landscape doesn’t get any better for them than it is now.
That effort could begin with the so-called Prevention First Act, a measure that touts family planning but provides a multi-million dollar bailout for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.
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