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1) All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions upon request. If this happens Bishops vow to close down all Catholic hospitals, more then 30% of all hospitals in the United States.
2) Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no limitations.
3) All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.
4) Parental notification will no longer be required.
5) The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of 100,000 annually.
Perhaps most importantly the government will now have
Needless to say this information is disturbing, but sadly true. As Catholics, as Christians, as anyone who is against the needless killing of innocent children, we must stand as one. We must stop this horrific act before it becomes a law.
To say a novena (9 days of prayer) along with fasting starting on
1) Pass this letter to 5 or more people
2) Do it in three days or less
3) Start the novena on January 11th and pray for nine consecutive days.
(please also fast for at least two days during the novena)
Remember that with God all things are possible and the power of prayer is undeniable. If you are against the senseless killing of defenseless children then the time is now to do something about it!
May God bless you all!!
Origins: The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), legislation which seeks to prohibit governmental restrictions on abortions performed prior to fetal viability, was introduced initially to the
As summarized by Congress, the Freedom of Choice Act:
Prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from:
Whether the FOCA would require Catholic hospitals (and other health care providers) morally opposed to abortion to perform that procedure upon request is a matter of contention. Opponents maintain that FOCA would override current freedom-of-conscience laws, thereby forcing health care organizations to either perform abortions or risk losing any government funding they may receive:
All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions upon request.
Unequivocally no, says Jill Morrison, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. Federal conscience clause law, such as the Church Amendment, states that simply receiving public funding does not turn a hospital into a "state actor," Morrison explains. "FOCA must be read consistently with existing federal law, unless the new law explicitly provides that it is intended to repeal existing law."
Morrison adds, "A hospital is not a state actor, and cannot be magically transformed into one due to its getting Federal funding, as set forth in the Church Amendment."
This is likely not completely accurate. The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 currently prohibits partial-birth abortions in the U.S. Even If FOCA overrode this law, its wording prohibits restrictions on abortion "prior to fetal viability" and "after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the mother," so it could therefore be interpreted as not prohibiting restrictions on partial-birth abortions after the point of fetal viability when the health of the mother is not an issue.
Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no limitations.
To what extent the passage of FOCA might result in "U.S. tax payers funding abortions" is also a matter of contention. FOCA contains no provisions for direct federal (or other governmental) funding of abortions, and the 1976
All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.
A plausible result of FOCA would be the overriding of laws requiring parental notification for abortions performed on minors.
Parental notification will no longer be required.
To what extent passage of FOCA might increase the occurrence of abortion in the U.S. is also matter of contentious speculation. Opponents claim that removing current restrictions on abortion (such as parental notification requirements and bans on partial-birth abortions) would result in a significant increase in the abortion rate. Proponents maintain that FOCA would primarily serve to protect rights already place by serving as a bulwark against the imposition of additional restrictions on abortion (or the overturning of
The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of 100,000 annually.
The statement is unfounded. FOCA itself contains no provisions for "forcing women by law to have abortions in certain situations," and it specifically states that "every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child."
This could result in a future amendment that would force women by law to have abortions in certain situations (rape, down syndrome babies, etc) and could even regulate how many children women are allowed to have.
Last updated: 19 January 2009
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