.- After a meeting with Catholic leaders in Philadelphia last week, Sen. John McCainâs pro-life credentials are being questioned some pro-lifers who wonder if he would veto the Freedom of Choice Act, which if passed, would invalidate many of the laws that regulate abortion. Leaders who were present at the meeting informed CNA that they believe McCain would undoubtedly veto the bill.
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was most recently introduced on introduced April 19, 2007 -- one day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice the impact of FOCA being passed, would be to âcreate an absolute right to abortion that would override any federal, state or local law that simply 'interfered with' that right, no matter how compelling the justification for the law."
The Republican National Coalition for Life also was of the same opinion, saying, âThe heart of the (FOCA) bill is a ban that would nullify all of the major types of pro-life laws that the Supreme Court has said are permissible under Roe v. Wade, including the ban on partial-birth abortions and bans on government funding of abortions.â
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who introduced the bill, saw the legislation differently, describing it as being about âthe absolute right to chooseâ prior to fetal âviability.â However, the Republican Coalition for Life pointed out that FOCA goes even further. âThe no-restriction policy would also apply after âviabilityâ to any abortion sought on the grounds of âhealth.â
During his meeting with Catholic leaders last Friday, Sen. McCain reminded Philadelphia Catholics of his pro-life voting record and emphasized that he would âmaintain that commitmentâ if elected president.
Deal Hudson, one of the leaders present at the meeting, informed CNA that when it came to McCain vetoing FOCA, âNobody asked him that question. My view is that, of course, he would veto it."
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life agreed with Hudson, saying, âI have no doubt that he would veto it.â
âMoreover, itâs so extreme, I really donât think it would ever reach his desk, even if the Democrats increased their numbers in Congress,â Fr. Pavone said.
Barack Obama has made his position on FOCA clear by promising at a July 17, 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that signing it into law would be his first act as president.