Senator Obama has pledged, as his first act in office, to sign FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act.
FOCA will undo every bit of pro-life legislation since Roe v. Wade. You can read the bill here.
Here is an excerpt of an interview by Fr. Thomas Berg with Susan Willis, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the Committee on Pro-Life activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
"FOCA would call into question virtually every abortion-related state and federal law currently in force.
It would immediately supersede every federal law, such as the partial-birth abortion ban, restrictions on federal funding of abortion through Medicaid, and the ban on abortions in military hospitals.
On the authority of FOCA, state laws protecting the lives of unborn children and their mothers could be immediately unenforceable.
All the modest and reasonable state laws of the past 35 years (which have also been successful in reducing abortions) would fall to legal challenges based on FOCA.
These include the following laws: protecting parental rights to be involved in an abortion decision, ensuring informed consent, regulating abortion clinic “safety,” protecting the conscience rights of doctors, nurses and hospitals to not be involved in abortion, and protecting women from non-physician abortionists among others.
Significantly, taxpayers could also be forced to fund abortions for the uninsured."
Most of our bishops have stood up admirably against the holocaust of abortion in this past election. They must be even more faithful when FOCA comes up for a vote in Congress in 2009.