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Petition to Stop the Freedom of Choice Act-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email about a Senate bill called "The
Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA) that would establish the right to
abortion as a fundamental right and it encourages the reader to
sign a petition to stop its passage.
petition sponsored by a pro-life
organization called Americans United For Life (AUL) and is posted at FightFOCA.Com. AUL
describes itself as the first national pro-life organization in
According to the Library of Congress web
site, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was sponsored by California
Senator Barbara Boxer and introduced in the Senate on January 22, 2004.
At that time, the bill was read twice and referred to the Committee on
The wording on the Senate
Bill (S. 2020) says, "To
prohibit, consistent with Roe v. Wade, the interference by the
government with a woman's right to choose to bear a child or terminate a
pregnancy, and for other purposes. "
While on the
Presidential campaign trail, Barack Obama made a
promise to the Planned Parenthood Organization that he will
sign this once it is passed.
The organization at
FightFOCA.com has collected over
The United Conference of Catholic Bishops have a FOCA Fact Sheet
published on their web site.
Click for FOCA Fact sheet
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
I'm writing to let you know about a
terrible piece of legislation called "The Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA).
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.
It will eradicate state and federal
abortion laws that the majority of Americans support and prevent states
from enacting similar protective measures
in the future.
Please read the expert analysis by
Americans United for Life (AUL) and sign the Fight FOCA petition at:
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