It looks more and more like it’s going to be Joe Biden challenging President Donald Trump in November.
The former vice president has been touting his Catholic faith throughout the Democratic primary. His campaign website tells Catholics that he believes in treating everyone with “dignity” and loving “your neighbor as yourself.” It also claims Biden wants to “build an economy where everyone comes along and we protect the ‘least of these.’”
Yet, he supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions – a position the Catholic Church strongly opposes.
“The idea that Biden is trying to reach out to Catholic voters when his policies are so out of touch with Catholic voters, especially on the pro-life issues where he supports taxpayer-funded abortion, where he supports late-term abortions, and will do nothing to protect the unborn and also push forward and support judges who would not be strict constitutionalists in any way, I think that creates a huge problem for Joe Biden,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp told the Washington Examiner this week.
A new campaign coalition Catholics for Trump plans to begin reaching out to Catholic voters this spring to make them aware of Biden’s anti-Catholic record on abortion and religious freedom.
Tim Huelskamp, a former Republican lawmaker who is involved in the coalition, told the Examiner that they plan to emphasize Biden’s involvement in trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health plans and his new opposition to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions in Medicare.
Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, said Biden’s pro-abortion position may hurt his chances with Catholic voters.
“Catholic voters in particular are not simply voting for the name, a person who claims to be Catholic, but whether their record and vision for the country coincides with their values,” Burch told the news outlet.
Catholic priests also have been speaking out against the Democrat leader. Last fall in South Carolina, a Catholic priest denied communion to Biden because of his pro-abortion stance.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” the priest said. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
Ignoring the abortion issue, the Catholic section on Biden’s campaign website tries to boost his so-called faith by touting his plans for immigration, the economy and healthcare, according to the Examiner. But even Biden’s healthcare plan has an abortion element. It would force insurers to cover abortion as “essential” health care.
On the campaign trail, the Democrat front-runner promised to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, which would stop states from passing even moderate restrictions that protect unborn babies from late-term abortions.
Earlier this month, he said he would be committed to “the constitutional right to an abortion” and “reverse the Trump administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose.” Then, during the presidential debate Sunday on CNN, Biden said he would force taxpayer to pay for abortions by ending the Hyde Amendment, a once bipartisan measure that he used to support.
Like his political party, Biden has abandoned his principles, his faith and a majority of American voters by aligning himself with the billion-dollar abortion industry. Most Americans, including many Catholics, oppose late-term abortions, taxpayer-funded abortions and want states to have the power to protect unborn babies from abortion.