Why Catholics / Christians Cannot Vote For Obama – Pro-Life Anti-Abortion “No We Cannot” Video
This video is a part of the “No, We Cannot” Campaign.
Last year before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Barack Obama told abortion-on-demand activists: “The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.”
WHAT IS THE so-called FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT (FOCA)?
With a single stroke of the pen, the so-called Freedom of Choice Act would essentially wipe away virtually every state law that limits abortion — nationwide — allowing abortion-on-demand in all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and without any restrictions. It would undo decades of legal work, research and educational successes. It would invalidate all of the major types of pro-life laws that have been upheld by the Supreme Court in the decades since Roe versus Wade.
Among the types of laws that the Freedom of Choice Act would invalidate are:
— The national ban on partial-birth abortion that the Supreme Court upheld on April 18, in Gonzales versus Carhart.
— The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits most federal funding of abortion, and the laws of many states that restrict state funding of abortion.
— Laws in effect in some jurisdictions that bar abortions in government-operated hospitals.– Laws requiring parental notification or consent, or judicial authorization, before an abortion can be performed on a minor daughter.
— Laws requiring that girls and women seeking abortion receive certain information on matters such as fetal development and alternatives to abortion, and then wait a specified period before the abortion is actually performed, usually 24 or 48 hours.
— “Conscience” laws, allowing doctors, nurses, or other state-licensed professionals, and hospitals or other health-care providers, to decline to provide or pay for abortions.
In addition, the provision of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act that prohibits any government agency or official from taking any action that would discriminate against the exercise of the so-called rights that are created from the Freedom of Choice Act, with respect to any “benefits, facilities, services, or information,” would leave government officials open to lawsuits for anything that anybody thought “discriminates” against abortion. This sweeping mandate could cover everything from rural health clinics, to health education programs in public schools — and even to pro-life speeches by public officials.
ABORTION AND THE CHURCH
From the perspective of the Catholic Church, abortion is like no other social issue. The Catholic Church allows for the possibility of a just war, that is, in the name of self-defense, and even capital punishment under rare circumstances, that is, when it is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor, but there is no such thing as a — “just” — abortion.
Anyone who has doubts about the Church’s official position need only read Pope John Paul the Second’s 1999 revisiting of Pope Paul the sixth’s historic encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.” Pope John Paul said, “Depriving an innocent human being of life — and life undeniably begins at conception — is “always morally evil.” He adds, “This tradition is unchanged and unchangeable.” “There can be no yielding”, he continues, to “convenient compromises” or the “temptation of self-deception.” “We are dealing,” says the pope bluntly, “with murder.”
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2272
Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae, by the very commission of the offense, and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
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