Monday, February 2, 2009

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

On Inauguration Day, President Obama said, "The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

I liked this quote, but I immediately thought of the unborn. I remember during the forum at Saddleback Church last fall, Rick Warren asked Barack Obama when life begins. He said that answering that question was, "above his paygrade." I really don't understand this, because if you do not know, do you move forward and set forth a plan to destroy that which you do not know? Obama has said that one of the first things he will do in office is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, otherwise known as FOCA. This act basically prohibits government to interfere or deny a women's right to choose. The state laws that are in effect right now, such as parental notification would simply be abolished. Religious hospitals could be forced to perform these procedures against their moral beliefs. Our tax paying dollars would be used to fund abortion all across the country. This act seems to summarize the moral decline of the great values this nation was founded upon. Life is ALWAYS precious, ALWAYS a blessing, ALWAYS positive, and should ALWAYS be protected. Abortion on the other hand, is the epitome of selfishness. It says, "my life is more important than yours." Last Sunday (Jan 25), a postcard campaign was launched by the U.S. Catholic Bishops. My parish participated in this. Postcards were sent to Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and whoever your congressman might be... Ken Calvert if you live in Riverside. It was worded like this:

Dear Senator,

At this time of serious national challenges, Americans should unite to serve the good of all, born and unborn. The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), the most radical and divisive pro-abortion bill ever introduced in Congress, would create a "fundamental right" to abortion that government could not limit, but would have to support. FOCA would overturn many existing widely supported policies, including laws protecting parental involvement and conscience rights and those preventing partial-birth abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion. Please oppose FOCA or any similar measure, and retain laws against federal funding and promotion of abortion. As your constituent, I would appreciate a written response telling me how you would vote on these matters.


Print name: _________________

Address: _________________

City, State, and Zip Code

They can be mailed to your senators at: United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20515


United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

I know it seems hopeless with these two as our Senators, but it is true that every voice matters! I have read that most people in America are against abortion altogether, or at least believe it should be extremely restricted. Maybe what is needed is for more people to speak up and communicate these things to our leaders. Babies are the most innocent of the innocent! Shouldn't a country as great as ours be working on laws to protect that precious life even when it first appears in the womb and to speak up for those who cannot yet speak up for themselves?

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