The Diocese of Austin will be participating in a national postcard campaign the weekend of Jan. 24-25 to make known our opposition to the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). FOCA goes far beyond the Roe v. Wade decision to make abortion an entitlement that the government must fund and promote. This bill would override state regulation of abortion, remove a parent’s right to be involved in their minor daughter’s abortion decision and require states to allow partial-birth abortion and other late-term abortions. Please take the time to educate yourself further on this legislation by visiting the link provided below. The letters provided, both in English and Spanish, are designed to be read at Masses or provided in the bulletin the weekend of Jan. 24-25.Here is the letter from Bishop Aymond.
Dear Catholics of the Diocese of Austin,
As we remember the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in our country, we are especially reminded of the absence of protection for the child in the womb. Each life is the result of his love and the gift of the Breath of Life. He created us in his very image and likeness and entrusted us to love, care and protect one another, from conception to natural death. We recall that God became one of us, humbling himself to the point of being a child, vulnerable before and after birth. Through his incarnation, we are reminded that every life is precious and deserves protection from conception to natural death.
We are facing a serious threat to pro-life policies in the “Freedom of Choice Act.” This bill, if passed, would create a right to abortion the government could not limit and bring about a national abortion policy far worse than the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. For the first time, abortion would be an entitlement the government must fund and promote. Citizens would lose the freedom they have now to enact even modest regulation of the abortion industry. This bill would override state regulations in regard to abortions. Parents would no longer have the right to be involved in their minor daughter’s abortion decision and states would be forced to allow partial-birth abortions.
In order to make our opposition to the Freedom of Choice Act heard, the Diocese of Austin is participating in a national postcard campaign. Postcards will be sent to our Senators and Representatives after the inauguration of our president. Postcards will be distributed the weekend of January 24-25, 2009. Please take the time to make your voice heard along with many other Catholics around the country.
Thank you for your commitment to uphold the dignity of life.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond Bishop of Austin