Unlike the state legislature which adjourned for the 2007-08 session, the U.S. Congress is still in session. That means that right-to-life folks have to remain vigilant. With both houses of Congress under pro-abortion leadership, you just never know what is coming around the corner.
Case in point: The so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
Apparently, the pro-abortion crowd is really upset that the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure is no longer legal in the United States. Never mind that all of the other equally gruesome ways to kill an unborn baby remain legal. The pro-abortion lobby and their allies in congress don’t want ANY restrictions on abortions!
What to do? Promote legislation (FOCA) that would not only codify Roe v. Wade but would also nullify all of the major types of right-to-laws passed by congress and by the states.
Among the types of laws that FOCA would invalidate are:
Laws prohibiting partial-birth abortion.
The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits most federal funding of abortion, and the laws of many states that restrict state funding of abortion.
Laws in effect in some jurisdictions that bar abortions in government-operated hospitals.
Laws requiring parental notification or consent before an abortion can be performed on a minor daughter.
Laws requiring that girls and women seeking abortion receive certain information on matters such as fetal development and alternative to abortion, and then wait a specified period before the abortion is actually performed, usually 24 or 48 hours.
Conscience laws, allowing doctors, nurses, or other state-licensed professionals, and hospitals or other health-care providers, to decline to provide or pay for abortions.
Under FOCA, virtually every success achieved by the right-to-life movement over the past 25 years would be wiped out!
Scary? You bet it is!