Normally I try to stay away from anything remotely political. You know how I feel about politics. I know there are a million different opinions on a million different issues and it is a rare thing when a political discussion doesn't end with blown out tempers and hurt feelings. It's usually easier to avoid the topics altogether. Besides all that, I don't want to get the reputation for having a bunch of crap and ads all over my blog.
But every once in a while I feel so strongly about something that I will make an exception to the rule. This is one of those times.
You might have heard of something called the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). I'd heard the name thrown around, but I always wrote it off as another piece of legislation that will be batted around Congress for years to come. However, with the recent swearing in of our new president, this particular issue suddenly became very important. So I finally looked at it a little closer.
People, it's freakin' SCARY.
Here's how my brother (who has done his homework) puts it ...
FOCA would establish the right to abortion as a fundamental right (like the right to free speech) and wipe away every restriction on abortion nationwide.Woah.
Also, as stated on the Fight FOCA web site, it would compel taxpayer funding of abortions. Well, this is one taxpayer who is saying that is not okay with me.
But even beyond that, it takes away the right of any doctor to refuse to be party to an abortion. Excuse me?? Since when have doctors been forced to perform a procedure? Is that freedom?
So what can we do?
1. We can pray. We can pray for our nation to stand up for the Truth. We can pray for the members of Congress who will be voting on this issue. We can pray for President Obama to have a change of heart. We can pray for those mamas who will be faced with choosing between life and death for their baby. We can pray for the babies whose lives are on the line.
2. We can stop being ignorant. Seriously, I'll be the first to admit that it seems easier to remain ignorant about this. One can't be held responsible for what one doesn't know, right? Bull. That's the coward's answer. We have been called to a higher purpose. Do your homework. Read the Act for yourself. Visit the Fight FOCA web site.
3. We can speak up. Sign the petition. Post the widget on your blog or Facebook page. Heck, get mad. That's what made me write this post. Take advantage of the fact that we live in a country where we can legally stand up for good - the pure, the lovely, the admirable - in this world. Not everyone has that opportunity.
So what do you think? Can we stop this madness even though it seems inevitable? I think so. In fact ... say it with me altogether now ...
Yes, we can.