While Obama has often used the right wing frames when it comes to abortion, Obama made a promise to those of us who support reproductive freedom. His promise was that one of his first acts as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
What is FOCA? It’s a bill that forbids state interference with the reproductive choices of women. Every statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice or other action present and future will be considered null and void.
So, what’s a anti-choice activists to do? Why vow to continue the war against against women, of course. And that’s exactly what a group of Catholic bishops here in America have promised:
The nation’s Catholic bishops decided yesterday to fire an opening salvo at the incoming Obama administration, pledging to work with the new president on issues such as immigration and healthcare but also warning that the Catholic Church will do everything it can to oppose his support for abortion rights.
Meeting a week after Democrat Barack Obama, a strong supporter of abortion rights, won a majority of the Catholic vote en route to a relatively easy victory, the bishops were clearly agitated by the prospect of eased restrictions on abortion rights over the next four years.
Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago warned that Catholic hospitals might have to close if, as he and other bishops fear based on legislation considered by Congress this year, a Democratic Congress and a sympathetic Obama administration decide to eliminate the right of doctors to refuse to perform abortions
I for one don’t give a fuck if every religious back institution in America chooses to shut down if faced with having to cease discriminating against women. I don’t care how many medical professionals and pharmacists get fired. They should be fired.
Of course, no article about religious leaders threatening to continue a war against a minority group would be complete without some fucked up logic:
Paprocki said he sees “increasingly militant and virulent threats to preborn life.” Another bishop, Jaime Soto of Sacramento, said, “There really is plenty of choice for women in this culture” and warned that legislative changes supported by Obama would create “a culture of coercion for women.”
Doing away with various things that are designed to force women into remaining pregnant against their wills is creating a “culture of coercion”? Yep. It makes sense to me. How about you?