This is not really a debate, just a general question, but since it’s about abortion and politics (and even religion) it would probably end up here.
On a church-related blog I frequent, there is quite a bit of discussion about abortion and an attitude ranging from skepicism to hostility toward anyone who claims to be anti-abortion yet would consider voting for Obama anyway (as I have done).
(My reasoning is that: McCain, even with a couple of SCOTUS appointments, would be unlikely to be able or willing to effect an overturn of Roe v Wade; and that Obama’s social policies as a whole are actually more likely to reduce the number of abortions in this country than McCain’s are. And aside from the abortion issue, I find find Obama more often matches my personal convictions on other issues as a person of faith. So while I regret his pro-choice stance, I voted for him despite of it).
One poster made the following comment: "Just be aware that if Obama is elected he will sign the Freedom of Choice Act which guarantees the right for a woman to have an abortion for any reason whatsoever and that the Federal Government will pay for it. This will happen without the input of either the Legislature OR the Court. All he has to do is sign the resolution. "
Now, if I remember my Schoolhouse Rock correctly, the President cannot sign a law until it has been passed by both the Senate and the House. And even then it is subject to review by the courts if challenged. And, although a majority of the US electorate wants abortion legal, I find it hard to believe there would be widespread support for federal guaranteed totally unrestricted on-demand abortion at the government’s expense.
I’ve looked up FOCA and found the text of the bill and a list of sponsors (including Obama) but I want is someone to explain to me
- What the proposed Act says
- What it’s status is in Congress
and, if you’re feeling brave,
- What the heck the commentor quoted above is talking about when she implies that Obama can effect this law by Presidential fiat.