View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Another FOCA article (sorry naysayers)

Some folks have been ridiculing pro-lifers for raising alerts about the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), saying that there are no signs of attempts to reintroduce it, and that pro-lifers were just overblowing the situation.

Well, here's a sign.

The St. Lous Post-Dispatch reports that a spokesman for Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York is saying that that FOCA is among the congressman’s priorities and will be introduced “sooner rather than later.”

The Post-Dispatch quotes Ilan Kayatsky, a spokesman for Congressman Nadler, as saying the legislation is “among the congressman's priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later.”

Kayatsky also said he expects FOCA’s other original sponsor, California's Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), to introduce the bill in the U.S. Senate.

“We expect it to be more or less the same bill with some minor tweaks," Kayatsky told the Post-Dispatch.

As a Senator, Barack Obama was a co-sponsor of FOCA. In 2007 he promised at a gathering of members of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that he would sign FOCA as one of his first acts in office. That depends on it reaching his desk.

The first step in it reaching his desk would be for it to be reintroduced.

Even if it is reintroduced, it's unclear that it would pass. But with the pro-abortion nature of the Obama administration, the odds against it seeing light of day have gotten smaller.

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