Today as Barak Obama was sworn in I was doing what I do every Tuesday at 12:00, picking up my kids from the church. I hadn't paid much mind until Mike asked me to turn on the radio so he could listen while he sat with Emma and I got the kids. It's not that I didn't want to hear the ceremony- more just that I hadn't thought about it being on the radio.
Anyway, I went and got the kids then returned to the car to just hear the ending poem and benediction. The new President of the United States of America... Barak Obama.
I have to say that I'm not won over by the politics or social graces yet of our new president. I do, however, have a lot of respect for him as he now holds a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. I believe that God is in control. More than anything else. I know he's had times of blessing and times of, well, not, on different nations and that this IS a Biblical thing. I hope- and PRAY- that God's hand of blessing will continue to be on our Nation and on the First Family. I pray for Barak and Michelle and their daughters. I pray for the Cabinet and all of the people making this country work up in DC.
The US may be seeing big changes in the coming days- it's hard to know what's really going to happen since I haven't read or heard much on actual policy. I'm sure it's out there somewhere, but I just haven't found it (or looked necessarily). The few that I know about, admittedly, are those meeting the greatest opposition. Like FOCA, for instance.
Yep, if I'm gonna hit 'em I might as well hit 'em all... Politics (check), Religion (check), let's see... FOCA would be... abortion. Yep, I'm going there too.
FOCA stands for the Freedom Of Choice Act. The act that President Obama promised Planned Parenthood would be his first act in Office. There's one thing that I strongly believe and that is that every life is formed by God and deserves respect. Even the one that hasn't been born yet. Yep, even those with detectible 'disorders' (ha, ESPECIALLY them!), even those that are from unplanned pregnancies, even those that are being born to someone that can't afford to raise a baby. I'm also a strong advocate for adoption in each of those cases if a parent cannot or does not desire to raise their child. Once conception happens, that's a BABY. Babies have rights. Or at least they should.
What about Mom? Well, in about 99% of the cases, mom was helpful in the 'becoming pregnant' part, and thus entrusted herself as the caretaker of a child for the first 9 months. That other 1% of the time when this was not a choice by the mother, it was still a gift of God that a baby was formed. It's not even that 1% that I'd argue about.
Here's what FOCA would do:
- do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial birth abortion, and on all other protections.
- compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
- force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.
That last part, yes, you read it right, would force hospitals that are run by, say, the Catholic faith, to perform abortions. Something directly contradictory to their belief system. This alone could be catastrophic as Catholic Hospitals have said that they will close their doors if this is the case.
I'm sure that many will disagree with me in this. That's up to them to have their own opinions, after all this is one of the most highly debated topics and one of the most passionate topics of many people. Do I judge someone that's had an abortion? ABSOLUTELY NOT. In all honesty, I think most people that have had abortions have ben scared in to believing that that was really the "right" answer. Often they are given incorrect or out of date information about their child's diagnosis or are told that this is their only option. Sometimes they're scared and feel this is the only way 'out.' In all honesty, I feel bad for those who have had that experience as I imagine it is a very painful experience for many years to come- if it ever subsides.
All that to say, in the coming days you can count on my prayers for President Obama, for the SUCCESS of his time in office, for the prosperity of him and his family and those who are surrounding him in office. It's time to stand together and support our President, without losing sight to stand by our beliefs and convictions. I pray, as well, that GOD will be glorified during his time in office.
May God Bless America!