Are Pro-Lifers Falling Into The FOCA Trap?

Fr. Z:

As a Congressional staffer, I am extremely concerned that we pro-lifers are falling into what I am starting to see as the “FOCA Trap.”

If my fellow conservatives in Congress – policy makers who actually know what’s possible and what’s not – were speaking privately, I think they would admit that FOCA doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of ever even getting a committee hearing let alone being passed or signed into law. That is because it’s so radical that even most of the pro-abortion Democrats probably wouldn’t even support it.

Now, all this begs the question: why are all the bishops and most of the pro-life activists singularly focused on it? [Good question. Are they falling for a head feint?]

The quick answer is because Obama said at some point that he would sign it into law. Then all the activists, talk radio, the USCCB, etc. all kicked into gear and started on the offense. But is that a good thing?

As I said, anyone serious who knows the Hill knows it will never pass – including Obama. So, while the wagons are all circled around FOCA, Obama, the Democrats and the pro-abortion lobby can pick apart the incremental progress we’ve made over the years on partial-birth, overseas abortion funding, funding for abortions on military bases, embryonic stem cell research, etc. And they’ll do it while we’re all signing post cards in church about FOCA. It’s a brilliant diversion.

“… a brilliant diversion…”]

Then, one day, Obama will come out against FOCA and say it’s too extreme. Then he’ll be heralded as a moderate, all while our progress is wiped out, and millions more babies are murdered.

Father, unless I’m very wrong, we are falling into the FOCA Trap and we must stop now, protect the gains we have made and fight like mad every time the next Mexico City fight comes instead of just saying “Oh well, we knew he’d do this.”

We need to keep our eyes on the real enemy – and that is not FOCA.


This is why we need to watch for any new BILL that smacks of the pro-death agenda.

Such as this one:

1st Session
S. 21
To reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
**January 6, 2009

Mr. REID (for himself, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. AKAKA, Mr. INOUYE, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mrs. MURRAY, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. BAUCUS, Mr. KERRY, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. CARPER, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, and Ms. STABENOW) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

[LEFT]This one includes the morning after pill. It required all insurance providers, hospitals and pharmacies to provide this for anyone that had sex and wants the pill. No exemptions for faith reasons.[/LEFT]

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