Biden Stops Backing Komen Over Planned Parenthood De-Funding

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 2, 2012   |   5:03PM   |   Washington, DC

UPDATE: Turnout, this story is not accurate and LifeNews is withdrawing the following. We regret the error:

Pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden has withdrawn his support for the Komen for the Cure breast cancer agency due to its decision to end funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

His wife, Jill Biden, sent a message on Twitter today saying the couple would no longer support it:  “When Joe heard about Susan G. Komen not funding Planned Parenthood anymore, Joe threw away his pink-ribbon Harvest Peach yogurt.”



The decision comes even tough the couple were named honorary chairs of the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in 2010 — making a contribution with the use of their name and through financial donations. The couple participated in the race and hosted breast cancer survivors in their home.

The Bidens’ decision is not surprising given that Komen is facing an onslaught of opposition from pro-abortion activists and the Bidens are longtime abortion supporters. The vice president met with Pope Benedict XVI at The Vatican last June. Although Biden is a Catholic, he has had a troubled relationship with the Catholic Church over his pro-abortion views.

In January, the vice president said he thinks Catholics can support abortion. In the interview with the Delaware News Journal, Biden talked about how he can reconcile his pro-abortion views with his Catholic faith.

“It’s very difficult,” Biden says. “I was raised as a Catholic, I’m a practicing Catholic, and I’m totally at home with the Catholicism that I was raised in and this whole culture of social responsibility.” [related]

Biden went on to misrepresent the position of the Catholic Church on abortion in a way that has gotten him in trouble recently.

“But throughout the church’s history, we’ve argued between whether or not it is wrong in every circumstance and the degree of wrong. Catholics have this notion, it’s almost a gradation,” Biden claimed.

Before that, a previous mischaracterizationof Catholic teaching earned Biden a rebuke from Catholic bishops.

Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman, U.S. Bishops Committee on Doctrine, took Biden to task.

“The senator’s claim that the beginning of human life is a ‘personal and private’ matter of religious faith, one which cannot be ‘imposed’ on others, does not reflect Catholic teaching,” they said.

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