Posts Tagged ‘FOCA’
The article “Why Fight FOCA Now?” at National Review Online begins:
Writing for Time magazine, Amy Sullivan recently ridiculed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB] for its “crusade against a mythical abortion bill,” the Freedom of Choice Act. As someone who helps handle pro-life activities for the Conference, allow me to defend our actions — and to demonstrate that her account is rife with inaccuracies and non sequiturs.
The main focus of Sullivan’s article is a nationwide campaign encouraging Catholic laypeople to send postcards to their elected representatives, but Sullivan shows no sign of having read those postcards. She writes that the cards are directed toward the White House, but in fact the sole target is Congress. The message is not limited to FOCA, either; the cards urge members of Congress: “Please oppose FOCA or any similar measure, and retain laws against federal funding and promotion of abortion.” These laws are vulnerable right now, and may be weakened or rescinded by Congress as it finalizes the omnibus appropriations bill that passed the House this week.
More broadly, Sullivan’s article boils down to four arguments. All four are based on either untruths or faulty logic.
hat tip: LifeNew.com
Pro-abortion groups have made it a top priority to eliminate the current bans on federal funding of abortion as their first step to passing FOCA. A bi-partisan group of Members of Congress led by Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio and Democrat Heath Shulerof North Carolina have written a letter to Nancy Pelosi asking her to keep the current pro-life laws in place or allow for amendments to restore them when a bill is debated. Call or send a message to your Member of Congress and ask them to sign onto the Jordan/Schuler letter today. Deadline is Friday, February 13!
A head’s up: I could not just sign the form provided and let the automated system at AUL send a form letter, because my congressman does not accept emails not done through a form on his website. I was notified of this in the middle of a ‘thank you for taking action’ confirmation I got back from AUL after I submitted the form letter. Please, when you get your confirmation, read through it to see if your submission was rejected.
The Mississippi Baptist Convention has a Memorial to the Missing, using 50 million pennies inside a glass structure to mark the number of abortions in this country since Roe v Wade.
Giacomo at Joust the Facts, a doctor in his day job, has some info on how scientists made a new windpipe for a woman, using stem cells from her own bone marrow. I’d take exception with Giacomo where he says we should tread carefully when looking at research using embryonic stem cells (as opposed to the adult stem cells used in this case). I don’t think treading carefully helps much if you’re heading where you shouldn’t go…
Reasoned Audacity has a round-up of some of the bloggers and others who are fighting FOCA by mentioning the Fight FOCA petition (which now has over 295,000 signatures).
The Paragraph Farmer notes opposition to FOCA from people otherwise solidly in the Obama camp. To put it another way, you don’t have to be pro-life to see what a bad idea this bill would be.
A woman who owns abortion centers that target Hispanic women in California has been arrested. She has entered a plea of no contest to charges of pretending to be a physician, and doing abortions without a medical license.
The next Monthly Call for Life is this Friday.
As always, feel free to expand the round-up by leaving a comment.
Of course, abortion isn’t just a problem in the United States, or just in Western cultures. A poet from India pleads for the unborn babies of his country.
Continuing the international theme, C-Fam (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute) is collecting signatures on a pro-life, pro-family petition to be handed to the United Nations, in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (via Cheryl)
What the other side is up to: Planned Parenthood of Indiana is encouraging people to buy gift certificates from them, to give as gifts for Christmas. The certificates can be redeemed for any of Planned Parenthood’s ‘services’, including abortion. (Just when you think they can’t sink any lower…)
Some good news: In an update from a story link from yesterday, Robert Lavars’ sister-in-law has withdrawn her petition to become the guardian of his disabled wife. The sister-in-law was considering killing her sister by starvation and water deprivation if she gained custody. (I cannot get used to the idea that it has become legal to refuse to feed someone, or give them water, simply because they are disabled. In my wildest nightmares I couldn’t have imagined this. At least, in this case, the husband isn’t having any of that option.)
Matt Bowman counters mainstream media misinformation on laws to protect pro-life health care workers from being pressured to participate in activities that violate their conscience.
The latest Life Digest at Baptist Press has good news (adult stem cells leave embryonic ones in the dust, again) and bad news (a judge has blocked the enforcement of a law in Oklahoma that requires ultrasounds be performed before an abortion), and more good news (earlier this month, Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez, a physician, vetoed a bill that would have legalized abortion in that country). According to the Background Notes on Uruguay at the United States Department of State website, Vazquez (full name Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas) belongs to the Frente Amplio party, which is a coalition of left-of-center factions.
Dr. William Luckey examines “The Common Good as an Excuse to Override Human Dignity”.
Joseph M. Scheidler argues in an op-ed piece at USA Today that the primary person making the “choice” in abortion often isn’t the mother. He also goes over what he thinks helps and what doesn’t. (via Suzy B., where the use of faux pro-lifers in the post title and text has triggered some disapproval in the comment section, as well it might. Let’s try to keep our discussions to the facts and morals of the issues, shall we, and not resort to name calling. Besides, some of us were fence straddlers for a while before becoming solidly pro-life. As far as I can see, there’s no reason to think that many of today’s fence straddlers can’t be won over, too, if they don’t get shoved off the fence in the wrong direction first.)
The Practicing Catholic shares a diplomatic, pro-life Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama that appeared at Vox Nova on Nov. 14.
Barb at SFO Mom is responding to people who want the Catholic Church to turn the other way when Catholics vote for pro-abortion politicians.
The petition now has over 196,000 signatures.
Over at K’s Cafe, they’ve been ice skating. (I haven’t been ice skating in years, to my sorrow. How about you?)
Over at Lady of the Rose, now called A Rose in Bloom, the blog hostess is celebrating one year of blogging. Exuberantly celebrating, I might say. Congrats from here.
lambofHisflock is urging a strong fight against FOCA, beyond just signing the FightFOCA petition. As she points out, part of the need is to educate people about how radical this bill really is. (FYI: as of post time, there were over 177,000 signatures on the petition.)
Donna-Jean at Liberty and Lily is helping give a voice to those who are rescuing girls trapped in unspeakable circumstances. Also, her church collected 95 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Those would be shoeboxes filled with gifts, if you’re not familiar with the program.
Oh, ouch. At Lily Maiden, Claire is mourning lives lost to a drunk driver. She is asking that we give our spouse, parent or sibling a hug today. Good advice, that, I think.
Via Suzy B., here’s an interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review, with Marjorie Dannenfelser, president and chairman of the board of the Susan B. Anthony List, going over the losses and gains in the recent elections in the United States, and looking at where the pro-life movement goes from here. Dannenfelser feels there is much ground to be gained in the next two years. The interview was published Nov. 7.
This awareness that Christians are different, and different in ways that make a very big difference, will, I expect sharply increase in the months and years ahead. For all of President-elect Obama’s wafting language about bringing us together, healing divisions, and so on and so on, if he seriously intends to follow through on his extremist abortion views, we are headed for the intensification of an American version of the Kulturkampf that Bismarck came to rue. The focus is on FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act, that Obama says he wants to sign on his first day in office. This act would eliminate the very modest restraints and regulations established by states, provide government funding for abortions, and in its present form, require religiously sponsored hospitals and clinics to perpetrate abortions or go out of business.
The aggressor in the opening phases of this Kulturkampf is the Obama administration. The initial response to the aggression was evident in the meeting of Catholic bishops this week in Baltimore. There were refreshingly bold statements by bishops, and by Francis Cardinal George, president of the conference, on the imperative to protect the integrity of the Church’s teaching and to employ every legitimate means to resist the further advance of what John Paul the Great taught us to understand as the culture of death. Some bishops even invoked the venerable tradition of martyrdom, sounding very much like the successors to the apostles that they are.
The Christ against culture model does not come naturally to Catholics. The Church is much more disposed toward conversion, providing moral guidance, and the transformation of culture. The Christ against culture model is never chosen, but sometimes there is no choice. Pushed to the wall by the Obama aggression, it seems evident that most of the Catholic bishops are, in the words of Paul to Timothy, prepared to “fight the good fight.”
In this contest of coming months and years, it seems certain that cooperation between Catholics and evangelical Protestants will be greatly strengthened. And their efforts will enlist the support of many other Americans who are only now awakening to the fact that the unlimited abortion license imposed by Roe v. Wade and its proposed expansion by its hardcore supporters is indeed unlimited. If President-elect Obama does what he says he wants to do, this champion of national unity will preside over one of the most divisive periods in American history.
From Nov. 11, Amy Welborn has excerpts from an interview with Cardinal O’Malley discussing President-elect Obama and abortion.
Jimmy Akin blog readers are urged to Fight FOCA. Background and links are provided.
As always, feel free to add to the round-up in the comments.
Julie D. at Happy Catholic has the story of a former abortion doctor who has become a leading pro-life champion in Serbia. Ah, and I see The Practicing Catholic has the same story, with commentary.
I see The Practicing Catholic also has a “Fight FOCA” link in her sidebar, if you’d like to sign a petition.
I’ve just discovered the Suzy B. blog, which bills itself as “The voice of Pro-life women in politics”. In a post about NARAL targeting the youth of America, someone blogging as prolifepolichicks says, in passing, “Here at SuzyB.org most of us are under 25. We are the youth of America.” I’m glad to hear it. (And if you don’t know how youth-blessed the pro-life movement is, take a look at any pro-life march or event going. Like this one.)
Speaking of pro-life women in politics, the Susan B. Anthony List notes the passing of Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll of Pennsylvania, aged 78, a strong pro-life politician who served from within the Democratic Party.