Why is the Catholic Church Surprised?

In the months prior to the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, then candidate Barack Obama said, "The first thing I'll do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)." FOCA, as co-sponsor Barbara Boxer described, "supersedes any law, regulation or local ordinance that impinges on a woman's right to choose. That means a poor woman cannot be denied the use of Medicaid if she chooses to have an abortion." Back in December of 2008, just after Obama's election as U.S. President (winning 54% of the Catholic vote), I noted that, according to New York Post columnist Ray Kerrison, Obama's commitment to the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) "dominated [the U.S. Catholic Bishops'] discussions at their annual convention in Baltimore last month." In his column Kerrison said that FOCA "would also compel taxpayers to fund abortions and provide abortions in military hospitals. Most provocatively of all, it would force religious hospital and health-care institutions to perform abortions in violation...(Read Full Article)