From my email inbox:
“If you’re against abortion, then there’s bad news on the horizon. For those of you who do not know, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is the next sick chapter in the book of abortion. If signed into, law then all limitations on abortion will be lifted which will result in the following:
1) All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions upon request. If this happens Bishops vow to close down all Catholic hospitals, more then 30% of all hospitals in the United States.
2) Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no limitations.
3) All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.
4) Parental notification will no longer be required.
5) The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of 100,000 annually.
Perhaps most importantly the government will now have control over the issue of abortion. This could result in a future amendment that would force women by law to have abortions in certain situations (rape, down syndrome babies, etc.) and could even regulate how many children women are allowed to have.
Needless to say this information is disturbing, but sadly true. As Catholics, as Christians, as anyone who is against the needless killing of innocent children, we must stand as one. We must stop this horrific act before it becomes a law.
To say a novena (nine days of prayer) along with with at least two days of fasting starting on January 11th. For Catholics, the prayer of choice will be the rosary with intentions to stop the FOCA. For non-Catholics, simply pray your strongest prayers with the same intentions, also for nine consecutive days. The hope is that this will branch and blossom as to become a global effort with maximum impact. We have very little time so we all must act fast.
Remember that with God all things are possible and the power of prayer is undeniable. If you are against the senseless killing of defenseless children, then the time is now to do something about it.”
And worth repeating from Barbara Curtis:
“Theological differences are one thing, but to ignore our calling to pray together for such an urgent matter would, is wrong and foolish and self-defeating.”
And let me add that FOCA will also compel taxpayer funding of abortions. Aside from praying, please contact your Congressional leaders through AUL Action (the legislative arm of Americans United for Life) and let them know you are in strong opposition to FOCA.