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Religious Freedom Coalition
January 29, 2004 5:28PM EST


Or how to kill more babies faster!


January, 29, 2004 – Washington, DC


Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has introduced an insidious bill to the Senate that would undo all work ever done to curtail abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. The misnamed bill, the Freedom of Choice Act (S-2020) actually takes away choice from parents and from the individual states, because it destroys all family, state and federal authority with regard to abortion. The bill was introduced by Senator Boxer on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade at the same time hundreds of thousands of Americans were participating in the March for Life in Washington, DC. Pro-abortion groups such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood are using the Freedom of Choice Act in major fund raising campaigns and hope to use it as a rallying point to defeat pro life Republicans in November including President Bush.


Planned Parenthood's statement on January 22nd made very clear the intended impact of the bill, saying: “The legislation would invalidate current restrictions on access to abortion and family planning health care services such as mandated delays and targeted and medically unnecessary regulations.” And indeed the bill would do just that. All parental consent laws would be unlawful under the bill. No state could regulate an abortion clinic. Laws requiring that real doctors, not technicians perform abortions would be tossed out the door by the bill. Indeed, an abortion clinic could not even be required to clean the blood off their floors at night.


NARAL’s statement outlined the success of pro-life Republicans stating,”Since Roe v. Wade, the right to choose has been systematically eroded by anti-choice legislators in many states. In fact, more than 350 anti-choice measures have been enacted in the states since 1995.” And, of course, the ACLU is right in the middle of the fight demanding that anyone be able to kill an unborn baby at any time.


The ACLU urged members to “Demand an end to the assault on reproductive rights.....” Planned Parenthood has a site called “” that hysterically beats on anyone who does not believe that a baby can be murdered right up to the time a woman goes into labor.


Can one bill wipe out every law the federal government or any state has passed in the last 31 years to protect the unborn? Unfortunately not all Republicans are pro-life as exemplified by Senator Spector (R-PA) who is pro-abortion unlike Senator Santorum (R-PA) of that same state who leads the anti-abortion fight. If this bill comes to a vote in the Senate the results could be close. Even if pro-abortionist Barbara Boxer does not get the bill passed in the Senate the results of a vote will be used in the liberal community to attack conservative Senators. More than legislating, the Freedom to Choice Act is also about fund raising for pro-abortionist organizations and to use as an organizing tool to defeat pro-life candidates.


Majority Leader Frist must be urged to stop a vote on the Freedom of Choice Act. A bill such as this that would encourage unlimited abortion in the United States and discard hundreds of federal, state and local regulations must be stopped – now!


William J. Murray


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