Oppose "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA)

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Letter of opposition to FOCA from USCCB

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2008-- The Federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is a dangerous radical bill that would create a "fundamental right" to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. It would eliminate all limits on abortion and force all Americans to subsidize abortions with their tax money.

The abortion regimen imposed by FOCA would be much more extreme than the implications of Roe v. Wade. FOCA would rule out any possibility of limiting or regulating abortion.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Chairman of USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, points out the two major problems with the bill:
First it creates a "fundamental right" to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, including the right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined "health" reasons. No government body at any level would be able to "deny or interfere with" this newly created federal right. Second, it forbids the government at all levels to "discriminate" against the exercise of this right "in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information."

The Cardinal continues to point out, "For the first time, abortion on demand would be a national entitlement that government must condone and promote in all public programs affecting pregnant women."

USCCB prepared a legal analysis of FOCA in which all the dangers of the bill are exposed. The analysis warns, "If FOCA were enacted,  it would wipe out a very large number of existing state laws on abortion, substantially impede the ability of states to regulate abortion, and override nearly 40 years of jurisprudential experience on the subject of abortion".

The measures that would be overridden by FOCA include informed consent laws, parental involvement laws, laws promoting maternal health, conscience protection laws, laws prohibiting a particular abortion procedure (e.g., partial birth abortion), laws requiring that abortions only be performed by a licensed physician, abortion clinic regulations, government programs that pay for or promote childbirth and other health care without subsidizing abortion.

The bill's number is S.1173 in the US Senate and H.R.1964 in the House of Representatives. 


1. Contact your US Representative and Senators and ask them to oppose Freedom of Choice Act.
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