No freedom of choice for Catholics -- Why FOCA is evil
This wicked bill will immediately declare all reasonable restraints on abortion (the killing of a baby in the womb) null and void. Gone will be any common sense limits passed by voters in the individual states on partial-birth abortion, parental notification for abortions performed on children under the age of 18, and most ominously of all, the ability of pro-life physicians and medical personnel to opt out of performing abortions for reasons of conscience.
This bill is anti-Democratic, anti-American, and supremely evil. Catholic bishops in the US are already threatening to close hospitals rather than comply with this act. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago made the following statement regarding FOCA:
"There are grave consequences. If Catholic hospitals were required by federal law to perform abortions, we'd have to close our hospitals."
Nearly 100 Catholic bishops across America are echoing these words.
We should all keep in mind that nearly 1/3 of our nation's hospitals are Catholic-run. Can you imagine the crisis that closing even a fraction of these hospitals would cause?
FOCA must be defeated. Urge president-elect Obama to denounce the bill in no uncertain terms.