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Human Events: Help us stop this EVIL law!

Posted by Michael Dickens on July 7, 2009

I opened my email today and saw this on the header:

Mike Huckabee to me

I thought, this is going to be interesting. So I decided to share my journey with the world.

Dear Conservative Friend,

Try moderate-left libertarian.

In July 2007, Barack Obama promised a group of his supporters that, if elected president, he would sign perhaps the most evil piece of legislation in the history of our republic.

What a promise!

It’s called the “Freedom of Choice Act,” or FOCA — but don’t let the Orwellian title fool you.

I won’t. Let’s rename it to the “Evil Nazi Killer Act”.

It’s about forcing each and every American citizen — regardless of his or her view on abortion — to support abortion-on-demand not just as a “fundamental right” but as a taxpayer-funded entitlement.

If an American citizen thinks that abortion is immoral, then that citizen is wrong. Sorry.

FOCA would immediately strike down any and all state restrictions on abortion — even those with wide popular support, such as prohibitions on partial-birth abortion and parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions.

That’s pretty radical.

The actual FOCA states this:

Freedom of Choice Act – Declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to: (1) bear a child; (2) terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or (3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health.

Sounds reasonable to me.

Prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from: (1) denying or interfering with a woman’s right to exercise such choices; or (2) discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively.

Sounds fair. This is a governmental regulation, not a societal one. So I don’t think Huckabee cares about this.

Authorizes an individual aggrieved by a violation of this Act to obtain appropriate relief, including relief against a governmental entity, in a civil action.

Okay . . . so where’s the evil Nazi killing part? To me, it sounds like it is just providing more freedom of choice, hence the name.

Make no mistake: FOCA is the most radical piece of pro-abortion legislation ever proposed, one that would go far beyond Roe v. Wade in making abortion a government-protected and taxpayer-supported “right,” through all nine months of pregnancy.

I agree. Isn’t it wonderful? (By the way, after five months or so, abortion is only necessarily legal if the mother’s life is in danger. Apparently Huckabee supports manslaughter if it’s a fetus committing it.)

But with your help, HUMAN EVENTS will defeat the pro-abortionists’ “stealth” media campaign with its own media blitzkrieg designed to counter pro-FOCA lies and propaganda with the facts.

Now we’re getting to the juicy bit. Question, why are you subtly comparing pro-abortionists to Nazis? Oh yeah, it’s because appeals to emotion and ad hominems are the only arguments that you have at your disposal.

But really, what lies and propaganda? The “lie” that fetuses are not self-aware? The “propaganda” that fetuses before three or four months are not even conscious and cannot feel pain?

According to Huckabee, the Freedom of Choice Act would:

Establish abortion as a “fundamental right,” elevating it to the same status as the right to vote and the right to free speech — going beyond any Supreme Court decision in enshrining unlimited abortion-on-demand into American law

Abortion is a fundamental right because life is a fundamental right.

Eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide — including 44 states’ laws concerning parental involvement, 40 states’ laws on restricting later-term abortions, 46 states’ conscience protection laws for individual health care providers, 27 states’ conscience protection laws for institutions, 38 states’ bans on partial-birth abortions, 33 states’ laws on requiring counseling before an abortion, and 16 states’ laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion

Read the FOCA. There is nothing in it about parental involvement, counseling, or ultrasounds.
– On late-term abortions: FOCA only necessarily allows them if the mother’s life is in danger.
– On counseling: Forced counseling is an invasion of privacy.
– On ultrasounds: Forced ultrasounds restrict freedom of choice and attempt to invoke appeals to emotion (“look at the cute baby!”) to try and stop the abortion.

Force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions

Good. A hospital is a public facility. You may as well say that some other act will “force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide aid to atheists”, as though that is somehow immoral.

Blah blah blah, more stupid crap that doesn’t make sense, end of article. Goodbye.

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