By Jonquil Frankham
October 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an open letter “on behalf of all Ohio parents,” American United for Life (AUL) asks Senator Barack Obama to explain his radical position on abortion, particularly regarding his promise immediately to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), should he be elected to the presidency.
FOCA is a pro-abortion piece of legislation first introduced in the late 1980’s that has since received strong support from pro-abortion politicians such as Barbara Boxer and Hilary Clinton.
AUL calls FOCA a “tremendous threat to the rights of everyday Americans, to women, and to the unborn.” The pro-life organization refers to the fact that FOCA would annihilate all previously instated restrictions on abortion, such as parental consent legislation, freedom of conscience for religious medical practitioners and hospitals, and previous limits on public funding for abortions. The legislation would also pave the way for non-physicians to commit abortions.
Theoretically, AUL writes, under FOCA “a 12-year old girl could have a late-term abortion performed on her by an under-qualified non-physician without her parents’ knowledge. The parents would have no opportunity to speak to the abortion provider about their daughter’s medical history, and they would have no opportunity to make arrangements for her follow-up care.”
AUL relates the true story of a 14-year-old girl who was impregnated by her 21-year-old soccer coach. The girl was brought to a Planned Parenthood abortuary by the coach and her baby was aborted, all without the knowledge of the girl’s parents. AUL points out that currently 36 states have parental notification laws in place, and queries, “Senator Obama, why do you oppose these parental involvement laws that protect our children from sexual abuse?”
The letter concludes by questioning the Democratic presidential candidate: “Why have you promised Planned Parenthood that the first piece of legislation you will sign is the Freedom of Choice Act, a piece of abortion legislation which would eliminate ALL of the common-sense parental involvement laws across the country?”
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