Obama could close Catholic hospitals


Sounds crazy, right? But it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Barack Obama made a promise to Planned Parenthood that “the first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do.” This is a top priority of his. And if congress can pass it, he has vowed to sign it as soon as it crosses his desk.

What will this “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) do? It will undermine virtually all legal advancements the pro-life movement has made since Roe v. Wade. It will render any state laws requiring parental notification for abortions, partial birth abortion bans, some abortion clinic regulations and most other protections as illegal. They will all be wiped out.

It will also provide for tax-payer funded abortions. It’s not enough for the Obama administration to simply allow people the opportunity to privately and legally kill their babies. But he wants to also force you and I to spend a percentage of our work day helping pay to have somebody’s baby killed. Maybe that’s the unity he’s been talking about? If we could only all come together in unity and help pay for each other’s abortions?

One other FOCA effect that has not gotten as much attention yet is that Catholic hospitals and clinics could be forced to close.

FOCA will require that healthcare facilities receiving any public funds provide abortions. This requirement will essentially cut off all public funds to any Catholic hospital. All on account of Catholics having this funny hang-up where they think it’s immoral to kill innocent human life. Silly Catholics.

Many Catholic hospitals are funded significantly by public money. So FOCA would shut them down. The language in FOCA is so extreme it would undermine conscience laws at the state level that currently protect hospitals and medical professionals from having to perform procedures that violate their conscience. So it’s not only Catholic hospitals affected by this, but many faithful Catholic doctors and nurses could be out of jobs, too.

This would be devastating for our healthcare system – a system Obama campaigned on improving.

Bush is currently trying to pass a rule that would protect health care workers from being discriminated against for not performing procedures that go against their “religious or moral convications.” Seems reasonable to me. But even if it does pass, Obama has promised to rescind it. Wow – it seems like as long as you want homosexual unions, are here illegaly, or want to have an abortion, then your “rights” are pretty secure with an Obama administration. Right on. The rest of us need to just suck it up and be “patriotic” i guess.

It remains to be seen if FOCA can get the needed support to pass congress. But with a large Democratic party majority in both the house and the senate, you can bet that they will be trying. The good news is that many of the new Democrats that won their party the congressional majority are actually pro-life democrats. But can they be bought? We will see.

One thing is for sure. If Obama thinks that passing FOCA is going to somehow “put to rest” the abortion debate so we can all hold hands and be unified, he’s got another thing coming. If he decides to push that button he will find himself with much more on his hands than he ever imagined. He may be ending a war in Iraq – but he’ll be instigating a war here at home that is far from over.

Let’s hope he’s smarter than his promises make him out to be. Fight FOCA.

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Pete November 25, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Yes interesting how the ‘inclusive’ candidate. The candidate that wanted to bring everyone ‘together’ is actually very determined to drive home an agenda. And a very extreme agenda at that.

The Republicans didn’t always walk the talk in dedication to pro-life, but at least this sort of social engineering in support of abortion was avoided.

Paolo November 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm

It’s incredible all the italian newspapers and televisions were pro-Obama! I guess this is true all over Europe. We definitely have to do something. This site is trying.
Hold your head up!

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