Hope in the midst of FOCA

Abortion, Domestic Policy — By on January 22, 2009 at 12:37 am


It’s well known that President Obama is staunchly pro-abortion, despite his claim that questions about the issue are ‘above his pay grade.’ His pledge that “the first thing I’d do as president is to sign the Freedom of Choice Act” is also well known. And it’s known that this legislation would basically render all existing abortion restriction laws null and void. What is perhaps less well-known is the fact that we in the pro-life movement are at a vitally important juncture: if we despair now, as many are tempted to do, we may do just as much damage as the new legislation proposes to do. On the other hand, if we hold fast faithfully and cheerfully, we can still win this.
It goes without saying that this is a devastating blow. Millions of irreplaceable human souls will be thrown away, millions of mothers will learn too late the consequences of what they have done, and the pro-life activists who have fought in the courts and in the legislatures for so long will be faced anew with the temptation to despair. We have already lost some good people in the wake of this news, and we’ll probably lose more – which is why it so imperative that we not give up.


There are still many, many things you and I can do to help the women and children who find themselves in seemingly impossible situations. There is still hope, and it is vitally important that we not give in to the sin of despair.
Thursday marks the 36th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. What a wonderful opportunity for pro-lifers to encourage one another and to be an effective witness to those in Washington, especially this week! If you can’t attend this event, do be encouraged by the fact that so many people are working together to try to bless the women and children who have been affected by abortion.
You can participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign without even leaving your home. You can also contact your local Crisis Pregnancy Center for more information about specific things you can do to make a difference.
If you have undergone an IVF procedure and have embryos remaining that you cannot bring to term, or if you are infertile and would like to have a chance to give birth, you should be aware of the existence of embryo adoption. I’ve met children who had been frozen as embryos for years before they were born, and they were lovely people, absolutely indistinguishable from other children. Why not give more of these frozen little ones a chance at life out here?
You can also sign the “Fight FOCA” petition online – after all, this legislation has not passed yet! Contact your senators and representatives and let them know what you think. This seems like a small thing, but it isn’t.
There are many more things you can do to help the women and children who need our help – too many to list here. This is far from over – remember that!



  • JillD

    Thank you for this reminder, Rachel, that we must never give up! We recently watched the movie biography of William Wilberforce, “Amazing Grace.” There were many setbacks in his battle against slavery, but with a small handful of people he persisted and, as the Lord promised, truth eventually won the day. We must believe that the humanity and sacredness of babies yet unborn will someday be as clear as the fact that blacks are human. Can you imagine a day when someone denied that latter proposition? And yet, there were centuries of denial!
    Someday, people will look back on this era and shake their heads in disbelief: “How could they have killed their own children???”
    Obama will separate the men from the boys, I believe. Summer soldiers like Kmiec and Schaeffer will energize those of us who realize that we should not have relied on President Bush to do much to help us, and this one will make our job harder, but ultimately we must bring the reality to the minds of the people. Prayer is mandatory, but I’m also encouraged by the spreading use of ultrasound that people can now SEE that, hey, there’s a BABY in there! A prolife ad that ran on Black Entertainment TV on Inauguration Day was widely watched as evidenced by a swamped server and it making the top 10 on YouTube. It’s mainly based on ultrasound images and if you’d like to see it, go to http://www.catholicvote.com.
    Never give up!

  • ex-preacher

    Rachel,
    You wrote that “millions of irreplaceable human souls will be thrown away.” I’m confused. I thought the standard evangelical belief was that aborted fetuses got an automatic ticket to heaven. In the big picture, it seems this is a better fate for them than being born since they might grow up as something other than Christian and then die and go to hell and be tortured for eternity. Please clarify.

  • Just Asking

    I have never heard Obama recommend that anyone get an abortion, no have I heard Obama ever state that he would like to see an increase in the abortion rate in this country.
    How can you say he is staunchly “pro-abortion”?
    Is that what how Jesus would describe Obama’s views on abortion, do you think?

  • Just Asking

    it’s known that this legislation would basically render all existing abortion restriction laws null and void.
    Huh. Who “knows” this, and what is the legal basis for the claim?

  • ucfengr

    ex, are you really bitter about this whole ex-preacher thing, or are you really just a big asshole and want everybody to know it? We all get that you left your faith and that you are really, really angry about it, but don’t you think it is time to, you know, move on? I mean, do really think the world would be a better place if we were all as bitter and angry as you are? For God’s sake man, do yourself and everybody here a favor and get over it.

  • jillpixy

    Also, I have never heard Obama say anything about being pro-abortion. What has your Republican anti-choice done for the cause. I actually think Obama may do more than a McCain administration could. I am a democrat, but can admit, that maybe it took a staunch anti-communist like Reagan or Nixon to deal with the Russians and Chinese. Just a thought.
    Also, I will add, as a “progressive”,I am not a big fan of abortion. In fact, I have grown more concerned. But, I believe that your focus on teaching only abstinence is not helping.
    I think, in a way, you guys feel left out of the party. We are all hopeful and excited. You all are staying home.

  • ex-preacher

    I’m not bitter or angry, ucfengr, but you seem a little upset. Do you need a hug?

  • jillpixy

    Also, I have never heard Obama say anything about being pro-abortion. What has your Republican anti-choice president done for the cause? I actually think Obama may do more than a McCain administration could have. I am a democrat, but can admit, that maybe it took a staunch anti-communist like Reagan or Nixon to deal with the Russians and Chinese. Just a thought.
    Also, I will add, as a “progressive”,I am not a big fan of abortion. In fact, I have grown more concerned. But, I believe that your focus on teaching only abstinence is not helping. I would rather have my daughter be aware contraceptives than have an abortion.
    I think, in a way, you guys feel left out of the party. We are all hopeful and excited. You all are staying home.

  • Dustin Steeve

    Jillpixy,
    I am shocked to here you refute the claim that Obama is staunchly pro-abortion. President Obama has stated his favorable opinion of some of the most pro-abortion laws yet written. The FOCA is very clearly an anti-pro-life act that would simultaneously put your and my money in the hands of a “private” industry that makes its money off of killing the unborn.
    If you doubt what I am saying, I suggest you read the writings of Princeton bio-ethicist Robert George. Dr. George has a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford University, JD from Harvard University and an AB from Swarthmore College. Dr. George makes very clear the pro-life case against Barack Obama: http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=30081.
    Ex-Preacher,
    You of all people should know the error in the charge you have made about Christians and aborted babies. In case the error is not clear to you, then it should simply be stated that it is wrong to take the life of another unjustly. God created life and the ability to live. Who are we to end it for others that they might be with God?

  • ex-preacher

    I do understand why you think it would be wrong to perform an abortion. My question is: under your belief system and from the perspective of the unborn, wouldn’t it be better for them to go to heaven.
    Suppose someone went around doing thousands of abortions. While they themselves would go to hell and be worse off (unless they repented), wouldn’t all those unborn souls go to heaven? In a sense, wouldn’t that person be making a great sacrifice – giving up their own salvation to ensure the salvation of so many others? One reads in the news occasionally of parents who kill their own children with this in mind. While I regard it as a type of insanity, doesn’t it have a certain logic to it?

  • ZZ

    “Do you need a hug?”
    Dude, if you try to hug me, wear a plastic smock because I’m gonna barf.
    And you know very well why you don’t murder an innocent just because you assume they’ll end up in heaven. You’re only asking because you’re a troll whose main goal is to disrupt rather than discuss.
    To anybody else reading who’s listening to this clown, Christians believe that life and death is a decision for God, not man. Sorta something a four year old could understand, no?

  • ex-preacher

    I’m not sure why you feel the need to insult me instead of actually answer the question. Let me repeat the question: for the unborn, wouldn’t it be better for them to go to heaven rather than be born with the possibility of eventually ending up in hell?

  • ZZ

    To any unfamiliar visitors:
    What the above troll is trying to do is gloss over the fact that there is honest debate within the Christian community as to whether infants are sanctified or not. The reformed view would say that they are not, while others would say they are. For purposes of this debate however, it is irrelevant because the bible clearly states that our opinion is irrelevant and death is God’s decision, except for certain very narrow circumstances.

  • John M.

    Sheesh. If I committed suicide right now I would go to heaven, but that doesn’t mean I should just go off myself. God made us living beings with a life span and put us into existence for a reason. Just because I don’t understand every little jot and tittle of the reason is no cause for me to just put a bullet in my head to speed the process up.
    Juvenile thinking.

  • John M.

    Sheesh. If I committed suicide right now I would go to heaven, but that doesn’t mean I should just go off myself. God made us living beings with a life span and put us into existence for a reason. Just because I don’t understand every little jot and tittle of the reason is no cause for me to just put a bullet in my head to speed the process up.
    Juvenile thinking.

  • Dustin Steeve

    Ex-Preacher,
    To clarify, my statement, “God created life and the ability to live. Who are we to end it for others that they might be with God? ” is a response to your question.
    Dustin

  • ex-preacher

    No, it’s not Dustin. I’m not speaking of whether or not we should do it. I’m saying that if it happens (and it does), isn’t that a good thing for the unborn based on your theology? A yes or no will suffice.
    Actually, John M., most branches of Christianity have historically believed that suicide is murder so you would go to hell, not heaven.

  • John M.

    “I’m not speaking of whether or not we should do it. I’m saying that if it happens (and it does), isn’t that a good thing for the unborn based on your theology?”
    Oh, horsehockey. Just two little posts ago you said
    “wouldn’t it be better for them to go to heaven rather than be born with the possibility of eventually ending up in hell?”
    First you imply that abortion is a good idea because it guarantees the kid will go to heaven. Then when we refute that, you change your mind and say it’s NOT a good idea but you still just want to know if we believe in Predestination or not.
    “Ooooh, look, the Christians can’t read my mind, I’m so cool”.
    “most branches of Christianity have historically believed that suicide is murder so you would go to hell, not heaven”
    Fine, it’s murder, whatever. It’s a sin. You know, the thing we’re forgiven for? Same result.
    I actually have a job and a family so I’m not going to keep this childish exchange going.

  • Just Asking

    I asked three straightforward questions addressing some apparently false statements that were made in the original post.
    Why are they not being answered?

  • JillD

    Just Asking:
    In the battle against slavery, there were those who were “pro-slavery” and those who were “abolitionists.” The former were not called “pro-choice.” They were FOR the continuation of the legality of slavery. They did not necessarily own slaves. If Obama is for the continued legality of abortion then he is “pro-abortion.” (He’s never heard of an abortion of which he has not approved, including voting to deny babies born alive after botched abortions the right to medical care and also voting to maintain the legality of the barbaric procedure which sucks out a baby’s brains as it is nearly fully born, only the head remaining in the uterus, the so-called “partial birth abortion.”)
    Jesus would call Obama’s votes, and thus his views, on abortion “sin,” grave sin.
    You can find “Freedom of Choice Act” on Wiki. That is how we know that, if this bill is passed – and Obama has declared that it is highest priority for him – any and all restrictions on abortion – parental notification, waiting periods, conscience clauses for medical personnel, etc – will be immediately lifted. Don’t take our word for it. Look it up.

  • Firefall 7

    Alright, I appreciate your time in voicing your opinions, but let’s examine God’s opinion, shall we? But first, let’s actually take a look at the procedure-
    Abortion is not a cut and dry procedure: The doctor dismembers the body piece by piece, or injects saline into the amniotic fluid, burning the child alive. I challenge you all: Google “aborted babies” and click images. LOOK AT THEIR FACES AND DISMEMBERED BODIES AND TELL ME THAT THIS ISN’T MURDER! Until you look firsthand at the lives you so passionately argue against, you have no clue where you truly stand. Do this, and then we’ll talk.
    Now, Theologically, it IS quite easy to say that God values the life of the unborn; you can find it all throughout the Bible:
    “Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” -Job 31:15,
    “I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother’s belly.” -Psalm 22:10,
    “By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise [shall be] continually of thee.” -Psalm 71:6,
    “Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”-Psalm 127:3-5,
    “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.”-Psalm 139:13-16
    “As thou knowest not what [is] the way of the spirit, [nor] how the bones [do grow] in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” -Ecclesiastes 11:5,
    “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.-Isaiah 49:1,
    “Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.” -Isaiah 66:9,
    “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5,
    “For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” -Luke 1:44,
    “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called [me] by his grace” -Galatians 1:15
    In light of all this, to believe that some of you still cling to the lies of this world that abortion is ok in certain circumstances is apalling! If the decision was between the woman and the Lord, she’d never do it, for she would be doing it against God. When we have struggle or questions, we are not to struggle against God, but struggle with Him.

  • Firefall 7

    Alright, I appreciate your time in voicing your opinions, but let’s examine God’s opinion, shall we? But first, let’s actually take a look at the procedure-
    Abortion is not a cut and dry procedure: The doctor dismembers the body piece by piece, or injects saline into the amniotic fluid, burning the child alive. I challenge you all: Google “aborted babies” and click images. LOOK AT THEIR FACES AND DISMEMBERED BODIES AND TELL ME THAT THIS ISN’T MURDER! Until you look firsthand at the lives you so passionately argue against, you have no clue where you truly stand. Do this, and then we’ll talk.
    Now, Theologically, it IS quite easy to say that God values the life of the unborn; you can find it all throughout the Bible:
    “Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” -Job 31:15,
    “I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother’s belly.” -Psalm 22:10,
    “By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise [shall be] continually of thee.” -Psalm 71:6,
    “Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”-Psalm 127:3-5,
    “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.”-Psalm 139:13-16
    “As thou knowest not what [is] the way of the spirit, [nor] how the bones [do grow] in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” -Ecclesiastes 11:5,
    “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.-Isaiah 49:1,
    “Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.” -Isaiah 66:9,
    “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5,
    “For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” -Luke 1:44,
    “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called [me] by his grace” -Galatians 1:15
    In light of all this, to believe that some of you still cling to the lies of this world that abortion is ok in certain circumstances is apalling! If the decision was between the woman and the Lord, she’d never do it, for she would be doing it against God. When we have struggle or questions, we are not to struggle against God, but struggle with Him.