“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being”~~ Pope Piux XII, 1846
In July of 2007 Barack H. Obama made the statement, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing that I’d do.” Well it’s well past his 100 days and has yet to pass. The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was first introduced in late 1989. Clinton supported the bill in 1993 however it was held up due to Senator Carol Moseley (D-IL) didn’t feel it was “extreme enough.” [emphasis mine] It wasn’t until the Republican’s took control of Congress in 1994 that the bill stalled.
President Barack Obama has not yet decided whether to go forward with a proposed regulation under the health care law he signed last year that would force Catholic individuals and instutions to act against the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Lucas continues that as of August of this year that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
proposed a regulation–that would take affect next fall–that would require all health care plans to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including abortifacients. The proposed regulation includes a very narrow religious exemption that does not cover individual Catholics, or Catholic universities, hospitals or charitable institutions.
As a Catholic and as a Registered Nurse, who is employed in a Catholic Hospital. I find this very troubling. I feel that this is another attempt of the Obama administration’s attempt to force yet another aspect of his unborn desire to rule the world.”…to control the world.
The law’s premise would force Catholic’s or anyone who believes that life begins at conception to participate in assisting with abortions or performing them. A nurse could potentially succumb under threats of being reprimanded or worse – fired. The law would include require Catholic hospitals to ALSO perform sterilization procedures as well, which according to the Catholic Church, is against God’s teaching.
As a nurse, like physicians, we take an oath upon graduating. The Nightingale Pledge was written by by Lystra Gretter, an instructor of nursing at the old Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, it was first used by its graduating class in the spring of 1893. It is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. The oath is as follows:
“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”
Like many of the nurses I work with we take this oath seriously and work tirelessly giving care to aid in restoring health. We provide comfort to those who are at the end of their life as we know it here on earth.
Obama is clearly attempting to eradicate the morals of this country, which have for several years been seriously declining. He not only wants to destroy our culture, economically and morally, but also through our families, feels it is his duty to dictate our morals and make us act outside of what we hold dear: our Faith. Obama, like the rest of us will stand before God one day and like the rest of us will have to atone for his many transgressions. He had better hope that God is in a good mood that day!
It is crucial that FOCA does not become the law of the land. As a nation founded upon by Judeo-Christian beliefs we must stand firm with the founders of this nation and protect life, all life.