The Diocese of Austin will participate in a postcard campaign against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). More information will be sent to pastors and parish pro-life coordinators on this campaign.
FOCA is a radical piece of legislation. It creates a “fundamental right” to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. No governmental body at any level would be able to “deny or interfere with” this right, or to “discriminate” against the exercise of this right “in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.” For the first time, abortion would become an entitlement the government must condone and promote.
FOCA would go well beyond the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in imposing an extreme abortion regimen on our country. It would eliminate a broad range of laws such as informed consent; parental involvement; laws promoting maternal health; abortion clinic regulations; government programs and facilities that pay for or promote childbirth and other health care without subsidizing abortion; conscience protection laws; laws prohibiting a particular abortion procedure (e.g., partial birth abortion) and laws requiring that abortions only be performed by a licensed physician. For a legal analysis of FOCA by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of General Counsel and other information on FOCA, see the Web site linked below.
To stay informed on legislative issues relevant to our Catholic faith, sign up for the Texas Catholic Voice at the Web site linked below.
To make your voice heard - call and write to your representative on these issues and look out for more information on the postcard campaign soon. To find out who your representative is, visit the Web site linked below.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Postcard Campaign Against FOCA
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