To the editor:
President Obama stated during his election campaign that one of his first action items is the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which will supersede and replace all existing abortion laws, both state and federal, and will guarantee women’s unrestricted rights to abortions.
This pending law is misnamed, since its real purpose and result is to remove choice and severely limit the options and rights of those who are anti-abortion.
Not only will FOCA eliminate limit parental rights and those of Catholic health care workers, but it will result in closing of some Catholic hospitals and/or the elimination of OBGYN and birthing suites and services. It may result in legal actions against Catholics who wish to obey their consciences.
Partial-birth abortions will be unconstrained.
Some obvious questions:
Why was there no national effort by the Church to educate Catholic voters of the differences in the party platforms?
Why did the Church, both locally and nationally, not take a strong stand?
Why were there no clearly worded articles in the Courier that laid out the dire consequences of the election of a Democrat who so strongly believed in his party’s pro-abortion party stance? Obama’s voting history is one of strong support for abortions of all kinds, at all times, at taxpayer expense if necessary.
What has become of the ‘Church Militant” fighting for those things we believe in?
Why did the Church not do the right thing so FOCA could not be such a danger?
There were no political or policy surprises here.
There was, however, a failure of leadership in the Catholic Church.
The Villages, Florida