You see the new widget over there to the right of this post?
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.
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.
Amen, Sister! I was actually just reading about this before I checked out your blog. Thanks for posting this info for all to see.
I am glad that you feel compelled by this issue. However, I’m curious why you don’t apply point #2 “stop being ignorant” to politics. How do you think we got this far on this issue?Check out the Heritage Legacy.
Hey Anonymous …Thanks for your comment. Even though I don’t particularly like politics, I certainly don’t want to be ignorant about them either.I googled Heritage Legacy but didn’t find anything. Can you recommend a web site I could check out?Thanks!Becky
GREAT post, Beck. Thank you for writing about this. It’s time more Christians took a stand for Truth in whatever media they have available to them.Your last line: BRILLIANTOh CRAP. It’s starting already: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/01/23/obama-lift-ban-overseas-abortion-funding/
Thanks for the blog Becky. This legislation, like Obama says, would end the culture wars…by dropping a nuclear bomb on the other side and totally annhilating them. I’m not sure it wowuld go though though. Even with the big advantage the Democrats have in Congress, and even though they have a president ready to sign, some democrats wouldn’t sign this legislation. And that’s hopeful.
Becky! Thanks for writing this. I’m going to see how I can write something on my blog, too.
Thanks Becky! I just signed it!
Great Blog Becky! I LOVED the last line. I have signed this petition already. Thanks for bringing it up though.
Heritage Foundation…check it out if you care where this country is headed. Great post Becky