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Monday, September 29, 2008

US Bishops Urge Congress to Oppose FOCA

The proposed Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would remove all limits on abortion and increase government funding. Obama has pledged that his first act as President would be to sign FOCA into law. Ave Maria Law alumnus Matt Bowman has an article estimating that passing FOCA would increase abortions by approximately 125,000 in the United States per year. So it's good to see the US Conference of Catholic Bishops speaking out against FOCA. Check out this letter by Cardinal Rigali of the USCCB addressed to members of Congress, urging them to oppose FOCA. The letter has a powerful ending:
However, there is one thing absolutely everyone should be able to agree on: We can't reduce abortions by promoting abortion. We cannot reduce abortions by invalidating the very laws that have been shown to reduce abortions. We cannot reduce abortions by insisting that every program supporting women in childbirth and child care must also support abortion. No one who sponsors or supports legislation like FOCA can credibly claim to be part of a good-faith discussion on how to reduce abortions.
Do you hear that, Professor Kmiec?

HT: Mirror of Justice

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