So what happened with FOCA? Did the President get moved by all the postcards and petitions sent from Catholic parishes in the US? Was this never a real intent on Obama’s part? Was there some hype on behalf of some US pro-life groups or bishops? Who knows? At least this is some slight good news.
check out the following story at Catholic News Service:
Obama says FOCA is not a high priority for him
WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Barack Obama in his April 29 press conference said the Freedom of Choice Act is not an important legislative priority and that he is instead focusing on reducing unwanted pregnancies. “The Freedom of Choice Act is not my highest legislative priority,” Obama said. “I believe that women should have the right to choose, but I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue is to focus on those areas that we can agree on.” Some organizations that support legal abortion as well as some pro-life groups, including the Catholic Health Association and Democrats for Life, have said the Freedom of Choice Act, known by its initials, FOCA, was unlikely to move in Congress. FOCA has not been introduced in the current Congress. Versions of it had been introduced in nearly every session of Congress for the last 20 years. Obama said at the press conference that he wants “to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies that result in women feeling compelled to get an abortion or at least (are) considering getting an abortion, particularly if we can reduce the number of teen pregnancies, which has started to spike up again.”