As my previous post explained, I contacted my senators and representative from my district regarding the Freedom of Choice Act (what a cowardly name--it should be titled something more like what it allows or enforces, with OUR tax dollars: The Freedom to Destroy Act).
One of my senators, Sherrod Brown, responded with an email reply. But as was true the last time I replied to my senator's reply, the email was not deliverable because the account is a "do not reply" account. Again, I find that funnily accurate, but anyway, here is Mr. Brown's reply and then my reply to his reply.
Dear Ms. Yoder:
Thank you for expressing your opposition to the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
The Freedom of Choice Act has not been introduced in the current 111th Congress and it is not expected to be considered in the Senate's upcoming agenda.
The Freedom of Choice Act, as introduced in the previous 110th Congress, 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 her life or her health. The bill would prohibit federal, state, and local governments from denying or interfering with a woman's right to choose. Some have expressed concerns that FOCA would force doctors and religious hospitals to perform abortions. FOCA would not overturn “conscience clauses” in current law.
While I believe abortion procedures should be rare, they should be safe and legal. A woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy is never an easy one, but it should be a private decision between the woman and her doctor, protected by the constitutional right to privacy.
There is a misconception that being pro-choice means you are an "abortion advocate." Nothing could be further from the truth. Abortion is not desirable, but it must remain a choice. However, the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, and the most effective way to accomplish this goal is through access to information about human sexuality and reproductive health care services.
Should FOCA be re-introduced in the Senate, I will keep your views in mind. Thank you again for being in touch with me.
Dear Mr. Brown,
Thank you for your reply. My concern is that there even IS a Freedom of Choice Act in writing! Whether it is introduced now or in the future, it is an abominable, selfish law and it is taking the life of a "viable" fetus (AKA "baby").
A woman has MANY choices before a "viable fetus" becomes a reality, and I'm sorry to disagree with you, but many women DO get rid of their babies with little or no problem deciding to do so! Though this abortion choice, on the surface, appears to "protect" a woman's right to "choose", it is essentially being used, in MOST cases, as after-the-fact birth control!
In my opinion, it is hideous and reprehensible to have a country with elected officials who don't even shudder at having a hand in this kind of decision. I want NO part of having this abortion-minded law being carried out with my hostage-held tax dollars.
I pledge to remain vigilant, as this act comes around again for vote before the Senate and House, to speak out AGAINST this terrible potential law.
I would really appreciate you stepping up to the plate and thinking outside of the loyal "Democratic box" by saying you will NOT support this act in any way, shape, or form. It might even persuade me that Democrats have a heart for the preborn, too. At least one would.
Please pray and think about your position on this matter, and then act, when the time comes (and it WILL), in a way that represents the appreciation and value of LIFE, not death (AKA "choice").
I encourage all of you to remain vigilant, also. We all know this "act" WILL be before our elected officials at some point in the future. Let's keep our voices heard before them and let them know that "choice" is NOT a choice for us, and definitely not something we want our tax dollars being used to promote. And again, here is the ink to the Petition Against Tax Payer Funded Abortions:
Petition Against Taxpayer Funded Abortions
And don't forget to contact your senators and representaives! Here are the links:
LINK TO SENATE PAGES: US Senators
LINK TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE PAGES: US House of Representatives