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Saturday, March 7, 2009

FOCA: It's baaaaack...

...and its grown teeth, claws and hair.

Freedom of Choice Act

This is language excerpted from the bill introduced in the 110th Congress, which died in subcommittee. Its sponsor says he will refile the bill this session.

— (a) Statement of Policy — It is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.

— (b) Prohibition of — A government may not deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose to bear a child; terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.

— (c) Civil Action — An individual aggrieved by a violation of this section may obtain appropriate relief (including relief against a government) in a civil action.

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That's the summarized language of the bill. Please pay close attention to the words that read: "to protect the life or health of the woman" because these will be played with; maligned, misinterpreted by every court in the land. In fact, this will probably end up in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)as a new mental disorder ..."Pregnancy Anxiety Disorder or PAD!" In other words, when a woman is suffering anxiety from an unwanted pregnancy, we will now need to interpret that her life or health are endangered. We will be asked to disregard the life and health of the fetal tissue mass, however. I'm also intrigued with the "fetal viability" terminology. Average Joe Legislator may not know or care that the word Fetus comes from the latin word for "little one" or "offspring". "Viability"=capacity for survival or living. So, in other words, the mental anxiety of the woman will override the baby's right to live. This is nothing new, but it will be considered legal and our compassionate obligation as humans to pass it into law. We will be considered cruel and inhumane monsters if we do not.
Just you wait and see.

Let us pray. Our Father...

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