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What Everyone Ought to Know About the Freedom of Choice Act

November 13th, 2008


The Freedom of Choice Act is a bill that is currently in the United States Congress.  This bill seeks to codify Roe Vs. Wade, and it will remove any and all restrictions that state or local governments have put on abortions before viability.  Viability is defined as when the attending physician thinks that there is a reasonable likelihood of the sustained survival of the fetus outside of the woman.  This is generally sometime after 22 weeks. The earliest anyone has survived a premature birth around 20 weeks. What this means is that all of the laws on the books that apply to abortion will be wiped away. Things such as parental notification laws, waiting periods, full disclosure of risks associated with abortions, and the Partial Birth Abortion Act will all be nullified.

This isn’t about whether or not abortion should be legal or not. That is an argument for another day. This is a discussion about promoting abortion as a good choice, and making it easier to do. This doesn’t make sense to me. While I am Pro-Life, that doesn’t mean I can’t have a rational discussion about abortion with you.  I understand many of the perceived benefits of abortions. However, I cannot rationalize killing a baby, which is what I believe abortion is. It is really hard for me to understand the disconnect in our legal system, when killing a pregnant woman is double-murder, but that woman is allowed to kill the baby if she wants to. This does not make any sense to me. That being said, I am not talking about making abortions illegal. I am talking about not making them easier, which the Freedom of Choice Act is trying to do.

This bill will make abortions easier by nullifying many good laws on the books currently. These are laws that I believe should stay on the books. For example, abortion is a surgical procedure. A 16-year old girl should not be able to do this without notifying her parents. This is a completely legitimate law that is on the books in some states, but this would get overturned. Many, many women go through severe depression after having abortions. This is something that will stick with that girl for the rest of her life. Being educated on this decision and the consequences of it both mentally and physically is good thing. Abortion is a huge decision, and it should not be taken lightly. These are very reasonable laws that would go away if this act is passed.

Partial Birth Abortion

This is an incredibly inhumane act that is despicable.  In the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act it was defined as:

An abortion in which the person performing the abortion, deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus. (18 U.S. Code 1531)

As a note, that is not nearly as graphic a description as it could be. I will leave the gruesome details out here, but if anyone doesn’t know what this involves you should research this further. It will make you sick. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act will be invalidated by this law. This is a terrible oversight and it is something needs to be taken into consideration. This bill would still allow for laws banning partial-birth abortion, but the laws would only apply after viability and if the mother’s health is not in danger. Whether the baby is at a stage of viability or not, the act of partial-birth abortion is not something that should ever be practiced in my opinion.

Let me know what you think

I do not see the need for the Freedom of Choice Act. If you are pro-choice, abortion is legal in the United States. I can’t see any good reasons for making it easier to do. Why get rid of any and all obstacles to having an abortion. If you really want to have an abortion you can. There is no need to make it easier and promote it as a good choice. I think a much better way to help the problem is through education. Teach kids about abstinence. Teach them about contraception. Tell them about the consequences for their actions. These are much better solutions than abortion in my mind, but I want to hear what you think.  Give me your feelings on the Freedom of Choice Act, and tell me what you think is the best way to solve the problem of unplanned pregnancy.

  1. Nathan
    November 13th, 2008 at 16:57 | #1

    Good catch, anonymous author. I had no idea this bill existed before you mentioned it–apparently it’s not getting a whole lot of media attention.

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