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Parishes to join FOCA postcard protest

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The Pro-Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston will launch a massive campaign through the parishes to flood congressional offices with postcards protesting efforts to reintroduce the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).

To facilitate the effort, which will be launched the weekend of March 28 and 29, the archdiocese will be delivering 250,000 postcards, including 20,000 in Spanish, to the parishes to be signed and stamped by parishioners, said Marianne Luthin, the director of the Pro-Life Office. It is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The FOCA bill from the last Congress would eliminate virtually all state and federal restrictions on abortions, including parental consent provisions,” she said.

A new bill has not yet been filed for the 2009-2010 congressional session, and the previous bill died with the last session. However, this campaign is part of a national effort to let representatives and senators in Washington know that there is serious and popular opposition to it, she said.

William F. Donovan, the state deputy of the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus, said the Knights will be active in supporting this postcard effort.

“I expect all knights to help in any way they can,” he said.

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