Remember five weeks ago the need-to-confess list had worked its way down from people who had abortions, to legislators and executives who didn’t stop people from having abortions, to voters who elected legislators and executives who didn’t stop people from having abortions?
Remember when the president-elect was a big liar except for one promise anti-abortion folks really hoped he wouldn’t keep? Or did they hope he kept it because it would fuel their engines of activism?
Remember when the US was the worst perpetrator of abortion and FOCA was going to send the murder rate through the roof? Or wait, maybe the bill wouldn’t have done much of anything to the rate, which has been dropping for thirty years now. Why or how would it suddenly go up, if the US legal situation is so horrific?
Remember when all those people thought that in the absolute best climate for abortion on demand outside of China, liberals and radicals in Congress would interrupt their Inauguration festivities, call a special session of Congress to make sure a bill dead for twenty years would suddenly appear on the new prez’s desk, elbowing aside lesser concerns of war, economy, and such?
Are we sure the anti-abortion folks didn’t fail civics?
The thing is, it isn’t the first thing (President Obama) did. Or the second. Or the third. And the Congress, despite his pledge, isn’t handing it to him on a silver platter.
The reason is simple – because it’s idiotic.
FOCA is too radical, even for a country with so much unborn blood on its hands. That’s not to say that it isn’t possible, or even that some time in the future it might not even become likely. But as things stand, we’re a long way off from that.
And while it may be helpful that we’ve fired a shot across the government’s bow, so to speak, with our campaigning against the bill, it still comes across as little more than jumping at shadows. Call me cynical, but I’m having a hard time not putting this one down in the growing list of “failed pro-life tactics.” If FOCA had convinced me to swallow my objections and vote for McCain, I think I’d be feeling a little duped right now.
I have no insight into the minds of those who pumped up FOCA as a threat. Maybe there was concern about morale after the November election. I suspect it might have been more about the fundraising aspect of the political arm of the pro-life movement.
Here we are almost five weeks into the Ascendancy of the Culture of Death and FOCA is still AWOL. Has anyone noticed what happens when you mash the first two letters of the former with the last two letters of the latter? It doesn’t matter. The jumpers at shadows have intimidated the federal government into ditching FOCA, or so goes the party line. If only they had that kind of mojo working with women considering abortion.