Both sides of the abortion debate readily admit the measure makes unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy a national law and legal right, and that it would invalidate virtually all abortion limits approved by state legislatures in all 50 states.
But the bill could have the affect of closing down Catholic hospitals that refuse to do abortions. Here's how:
As Cardinal Justin Rigali of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia warned in September, the FOCA bill "forbids government at all levels to 'discriminate' against the exercise of this [abortion] right 'in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.'"
"For the first time, abortion on demand would be a national entitlement that government must condone and promote in all public programs affecting pregnant women," the Catholic official explained.
Michael Moses, a top attorney for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, adds that the language of FOCA is so far-reaching that it will remove any conscience clause measures from state laws that protect doctors, hospitals and medical professionals who don't want to be involved in abortions.
Moses' reading of the proposed legislation is that if abortion is a fundamental right that can't ever be infringed, then every hospital and medical center must do abortions -- including Catholic and other religious or private hospitals that object to do them.
John Vennari, the editor of the Catholic Family News publication, points out that the measure could easily put Catholics hospitals out of business that want to continue opting out of doing abortions rather than violate their religious beliefs.
"This aspect of Obama's candidacy has been eclipsed by endless talk about the economy," Vennari writes.
Think this can't happen? Catholic Charities in Massachusetts stopped placing children for adoption when the law demanded that they place children with same-sex couples. If Catholic hospitals are required under FOCA to perform abortions then the Church will have no choice but to get out of the health-care business altogether.
I really can't see how any Catholic can think for a moment that it will be a good thing, or even an okay thing, for Obama to become president. It will be a horrible time for pro-life Americans, Catholics and others.