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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Bishop Finn on the Freedom of Choice Act

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), was first introduced in November of 1989 by Representative Don Edwards (D- Calif) and Senator Alan Cranston (D-Calif). It was proposed to "codify Roe v. Wade," and was, at that time, opposed by Senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill), who argued that it did not go far enough to unleash - on a national level - a complete and unrestricted access to abortion. The first version, according to the Senator, dangerously allowed some conscience protection to health care professionals and did not require states to fund abortions.

The more recent wording of FOCA, introduced last year, is as follows:

"A government may not (1) deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose - (A) to bear a child; (B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or (C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman; or (2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.

This act applies to every Federal, State, and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, penalty, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before or after the date of enactment of this act." Text of H.R. 1964 and S. 1173, introduced on April 19, 2007.

It is clear that FOCA would immediately make null and void every current restriction on abortion in all jurisdictions. According to a recent article by Tom McCloskey, "FOCA Would Harm Women and Remove Freedoms," and reported by the Family Research Council, if FOCA was passed it would automatically overturn:

State abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states

Forty-four states' laws concerning parental involvement

Forty states' laws on restricting later-term abortions

Forty-six states' conscience protection laws for individual health care providers

Twenty-seven states' conscience protection laws for institutions

Thirty-eight states' bans on partial-birth abortions

Thirty-three states' laws on requiring counseling before an abortion

Sixteen states' laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion
There is evidence of a very significant reduction of reported abortions, particularly among teens, through the passage of parental involvement laws and the use of ultrasounds. The August, 2008, report of the Alan Guttmacher Institute notes the greatest decline in abortions over the last 30 years is among teens, attributable in large part to the above restrictions, as well as a later initiation of sexual activity. It must be concluded that chastity formation or abstinence education has a positive effect on lowering these rates, as well as enriching the lives of our young men and women.

I was recently asked to comment on claims by a group calling itself Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which says that electing candidates who have permissive or clearly pro-choice stances in support of abortion, but are determined to provide more assistance to poor and vulnerable women and families would actually help to reduce abortions in the United States. This group, I believe has its priorities backwards. It seems unlikely that candidates advocating full access to abortion - which attacks the most vulnerable poor, the unborn - will at the same time have a consistent or principle-based plan for helping other poor people.

It should be noted that the Catholic Church worldwide provides more help in assisting the needy than any other single private agency - religious or secular. At the same time, she operates from the principle that the measure of our charity is first defined by what we do to and for the most vulnerable.

When a candidate pledges to provide "comprehensive sex education" to school children and promises to promote - or to "sign immediately upon taking office" - the Freedom of Choice Act, Catholics and all people of good will have cause to question the sincerity of the candidate's determination to reduce abortions, when these already existing limits have caused a decrease of more than 100,000 abortions each year. (cf. Michael New-Matthew Bowman, Combined Reductions in Abortions, with data supplied by NARAL Pro-Choice America)

As Archbishop Naumann and I stressed in our recent Pastoral Letter, "Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens," we can never vote for a candidate because of his or permissive stand on abortion. At the same time, if we are inclined to vote for someone despite their pro-abortion stance, it seems we are morally obliged to establish a proportionate reason sufficient to justify the destruction of 45 million human persons through abortion. If we learn that our "candidate of choice" further pledges - through an instrument such as FOCA - to eliminate all existing limitations against abortion, it is that much more doubtful whether voting for him or her can ever be morally justified under any circumstance.

I urge you to learn more about the Freedom of Choice Act and its advocates so that you can make informed decisions in the voting booth.

Note: Barack Obama has stated if he is elected the FOCA will be signed into law.


ABNPOPPA said...


It is interesting you post this information. I am Pro Life under any circumstances.The Pro Choice crowd is ONLY pro woman's choice. The man has a 50% interest in this unborn child however, the woman has total control regarding the abortion of the child.

I regularly blog with 6 Pastors several follow a doctrine such as Martin Luther or someone else. Three of these ministers are termed "Bible Churchs"

When I asked all six of them the same question, Can a true Christian vote for a candidate that is pro abortion. The 3 "Bible Pastors" agreed absolutely not and gave Biblical references as to why not.

The three "doctrinal" ministers all replied that abortion was OK to save a woman's life, not as a means of birth control, and if the child would be born with severe disabilities.

It became quite clear to me at that point that 3 of the 6 were following G-d's laws and 3 were teaching man's re-defining of G-d's laws. Therein lies the problem. Some, pro choice prefer to follow the twisted re-definition of G-d's laws and some prefer to FOLLOW G-d's laws!

ignorant redneck said...

Sub Vet--

You forgot being in clear violation of the 10th ammendment.

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