Once you understand the powerful impact unelected, unaccountable,
activist judges have on the nation’s laws, the Knights of Columbus want
voters to be aware of the impact of a single executive decision one of
the candidates has promised to make as his first act in the White House.
It has been a difficult struggle, but the pro-life
movement has accomplished many things since the Supreme Court’s
decision to preempt all state and federal laws regulating abortion in
Roe v. Wade in 1973. While achieving the ultimate goal of overturning
Roe remains somewhere in the future, we have been able to achieve many
small successes along the way:
• the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions;
• the federal law banning partial birth abortions, which was finally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2007;
• the “Mexico City Policy,” which has barred the use of federal taxpayers’ money to pay for abortions in other countries;
• laws in 44 states that preserve a parental role when children under 18 seek abortions;
• laws in 40 states that restrict late-term abortions;
• laws in 46 states that protect the right of conscience for individual health care providers;
• laws in 27 states that protect the right of conscience for institutions;
• laws in 38 states that ban partial birth abortions;
• laws in 33 states that require counseling before having an abortion;
• and laws in 16 states that provide for ultrasounds before an abortion.
All of these restrictions on abortion – all of the progress we’ve
made over the past 35 years in trying to limit and reduce abortions in
the United States – would be invalidated with the stroke of a pen if
the next Congress passes, and the next president signs, the so-called
“Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA).
See the page for where congressional candidates stand on this mis-named act. It takes choice out of all consideration.