Pro-Life Advocates Fear FOCA Support

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It has become a winter ritual. For 35 years, Americans opposed to abortion have been marching on Washington on January 22 -- the day the United States Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal.

Now, these same Americans fear a law that has the support of the new President.

"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Obama said during the presidential campaign.

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FOCA's Definition

The act has been introduced in Congress several times, but has been held up in committee. It prohibits governments from interfering with a woman's right to choose, effectively killing state laws that require waiting periods or parental notification for minor girls wanting abortions.

Retired judge and best-selling author Robert Bork, who recently released the book A Time to Speak, fears the Freedom of Choice Act would require medical schools to teach courses on abortion and force Catholic hospitals to perform them.

"The trend is through this law is to force people to accept abortion and some people to perform it, despite whatever their consciences are and their religion is," Bork said.

CBN News contacted several members of Congress who sponsored or supported the bill, but no one wanted to comment on it. Perhaps it is evidence there's no appetite to spend political capital on such a polarizing issue on the heels of a unifying election and while the economy remains in shambles.

House Republicans' Letter To The President

But those who fear the legislation aren't taking any chances. House Republicans recently wrote a letter to the President urging him to withdraw his promise to sign the FOCA into law.

"You have expressed a desire to be a President for all Americans," they wrote. "And to use your presidency to promote initiatives that bring Americans together, rather than drive them apart. We recognize it will not always be easy for you to do this. However, too much is at stake for this divisive and destructive legislation to move forward," the letter read.

"I think it's just going to be a matter of days before we see the cultural battle lines drawn in this administration," said the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins.

Perkins urges Americans concerned about FOCA to take action and contact their representatives in Congress.

"I think it's going to be very difficult for him to pass FOCA in its totality, and what you're going to see is a piece meal," he explained.

If it did pass and it was challenged, Judge Bork believes there's little chance it would be overturned.

"The court we have right now is not notably sympathetic to religious claims, so whether it's constitutional or not it's a bad idea," Bork said.

Time will tell. The legislation has not yet been introduced in the current session of Congress.

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