Priest Tells Joe Biden: You Can’t Be Catholic and Support Abortion

National   Steven Ertelt   Sep 23, 2019   |   1:01PM    Washington, DC

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued an open letter to Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden. The letter makes it clear to the Democrat frontrunner that he can’t truly say he follows the tenets of the Catholic faith if he supports abortions up to birth.

Biden not only supports killing unborn children in abortions up to the day of birth, he’s announced a plan to force Americans to fund them with their tax dollars.

That, Pavone says, is antithetical to the Catholic faith.

“Nobody can or should force you to be a Catholic, and nobody can or should force you to be a defender of legal abortion. But you cannot be both at the same time,” Father Pavone wrote. “To claim to do so is an insult to all of us who proclaim and strive to live the Catholic Faith. And it invites the criticism that your public identification as a Catholic, while carrying water for the abortion industry, is simply the crass politics of seeking the money and votes of both constituencies.”

The letter asks Biden to either “conform your conduct to the Church to which you claim to belong, or acknowledge that you no longer belong to it.”

“To have it both ways is a cowardly act that does not inspire any confidence in your good judgment or ability to lead a nation,” Father Pavone said.

Father Pavone is asking supporters to sign on the letter to Biden.

The letter also points out a theme that Father Pavone constantly articulates, namely, that abortion is not simply a religious issue. The pro-abortion position of elected officials does not just violate the Catholic faith, as well as the wider Christian Gospel, but contradicts the principles of public service, American ideals, civilized society, and the meaning of being human.

“Mr. Vice President, this is just the beginning of what will be a constant and clear challenge to you and your Party of Death in the coming year, and to all who support you,” Father Pavone said. “… We simply cannot allow you and the Democrat Party to get away with that any longer.”

Though Biden once was more moderate on abortion, supporting restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions and other measures, more recently, he has embraced his party’s extreme platform on abortion. In June, he announced that he no longer supports the Hyde amendment, which restricts taxpayer-funded abortions.

Biden’s new health care plan would expand abortions in multiple ways. If elected president, he would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, prohibiting states from passing even moderate restrictions that protect unborn babies from late-term abortions, according to the report.

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Biden’s health care plan would force insurers to cover abortion as “essential” health care. In doing so, he would end the Hyde amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions for any reason up to birth.

His plan also would restore the funding that President Donald Trump cut from the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood, according to reports. This would include ending the Mexico City policy, which prohibits foreign aid funding to groups that promote and provide abortions overseas. Under Trump, the policy cut about $100 million from the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s budget.

The Washington Post reports Biden’s plan would cost approximately $750 billion over 10 years and cover an estimated 97 percent of Americans.

Though Democratic leaders are embracing an increasingly extreme position on abortion, most Americans are not. A new Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans want abortion legal “only in a few circumstances” (39 percent) or “illegal in all circumstances” (21 percent). That number jumped 7 percent from 2018.

A January poll by Marist University found an overwhelming majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion. It found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, while just 19 percent support such funding. Opposition to this funding includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent).

By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).

Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.

From 2001 to 2008, Biden’s voting record on pro-life issues was close to zero, according to the National Right to Life Committee. In 2005, for example, he voted against the Mexico City policy, which prohibits funding to overseas groups that promote and/or perform abortions. He also voted repeatedly to require that military service members’ abortions be covered by taxpayer dollars.

To show how extreme Biden has become, he once likened an abortion to an operation — as if taking the life of a baby before birth is somehow beneficial in the same manner as a patient’s operation.

Biden said: “Maybe where Romney is most sketchy is on women’s rights. I got a daughter and lost a daughter. I’ve got four granddaughters and Barack has two daughters. And this is to our core. Our daughters and our granddaughters are entitled to every single solitary operation, every single solitary opportunity!”