Freedom of Choice Act to Kill Faulty Pro-life Strategy
DENVER, Jan. 20 -- President Barack Obama promised Planned Parenthood that, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA). If he keeps this promise, American Right To Life president Brian Rohrbough said, "President Obama will press the reset button on the pro-life movement and reverse decades of legislation, regulations not built on the firm foundation of personhood, but misguided laws built on sand shifting in the political wind."
Catholic Bishops are warning that FOCA would regulate even pro-life medical facilities, pushing Catholic hospitals toward aborting children. "These bishops actually opposed valid personhood bills," said Rohrbough, "while supporting the immoral strategy of regulating child killing; they may be forced to take their own medicine, and become the target of further regulation, or close their hospitals."
"FOCA trumps regulations, and personhood trumps FOCA," said Rohrbough, "because personhood invokes the laws that already protect persons, including God's enduring command, Do not murder. For a state to re-introduce slavery is inconceivable, yet after a mere election cycle, Obama is committed to reverse decades of misguided pro-life effort." American Right To Life opposes what it calls the "pro-life industry," exposing that "National Right To Life's regulation of child killing will never end abortion; establishing personhood from the very moment of human reproduction is the only way to protect the innocent."
Lawyer Clarke Forsythe, president of Americans United for Life (AUL), erred when he wrote in Human Life Review that the partial-birth abortion ban "served as a legal fence." Laws that end with, "and then you can kill the baby," as do all such regulations including the PBA ban, erect no walls, nor fences, but only swinging gates. "The PBA fiasco confirms what happens when a Christian movement is turned over to secular humanist lawyers," said American RTL's VP Steve Curtis, "because it never had the authority to save one child, as James Dobson stated that 'Ending partial-birth abortion... does not save a single human life.'"
World Magazine's latest issue reports that FOCA "would kill... informed consent, waiting periods, ultrasound use, and parental involvement, [prohibition of] federal funding..., and the partial-birth abortion ban." American RTL sees the FOCA fight as the opportunity for pro-lifers to unite in establishing personhood and the God-given right to life.
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