Father Frank Pavone believes the choice is clear in the upcoming presidential election.
The leader of Priests for Life, Pavone said President Donald Trump and his Democratic contender, likely Joe Biden, could not be “more diametrically opposed” on issues of “public virtue,” according to Breitbart.
Pavone made a case for the president in a forward for a new book, “A Catholic Vote for Trump” by Jesse Romero and John McCullough.
“The election is not about private virtue; it is about public virtue,” Pavone wrote. “Pro-abortion Democrats try to make us focus on what they believe in private about abortion, as an excuse for us to ignore the public policies they create that make it continue. Let’s not make the same mistake in reverse.”
Pavone said Trump has been true to his promises to defend the right to life for unborn babies and protect religious freedom.
“He lives his faith. But to those who think he doesn’t, I ask, would you rather have a president who does not live out his faith, or a president who does not allow you to live out your faith?” he asked. “No president has protected religious freedom and conscience more than President Trump.”
Trump, for example, has defended the rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a charity run by nuns that has been fighting against the Obamacare contraception mandate for seven years. Trump also expanded conscience protections for medical workers who oppose abortion, euthanasia and other life-destroying procedures.
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In summary, Father Pavone insists that the upcoming elections are about issues rather than personalities.
“We are being asked to choose: either the culture of life or the culture of death, religious freedom or religious oppression, prosperity or poverty, a secure nation or open borders, patriotism or globalism, a free market or socialism, the Constitution or judicial tyranny, law and order or anarchy, and much more,” he declares.
“There has never been a more consequential election in our history,” he concludes.
On the life issues, the Republican president also has been a strong advocate.
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In one of his first acts as president, Trump defunded two of the world’s largest abortion chains, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, of about $170 million in American tax dollars.
His has been pushing back aggressively against the United Nations’ pro-abortion agenda and insisting that countries support women and children, born and unborn. In 2017, Trump stopped giving American tax dollars to UNFPA because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its forced abortion population control policies. Trump renewed the order again in 2018 and 2019. The decision cut $32.5 million in funding from the UNFPA budget.
At the national level, Trump also has taken steps to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, of millions of taxpayer dollars through Title X and other programs. However, some of these efforts have been thwarted by lawsuits and pro-abortion state leaders who are giving state taxpayer funds to the abortion chain to replace Trump’s cuts.
Last year, his administration also introduced new restrictions to stop taxpayer dollars from funding research using aborted baby body parts.
In contrast, Biden, who claims to be Catholic, has promised to keep abortion on demand legal and work to force taxpayers to fund abortions, if elected.
Biden said he would codify Roe v. Wade into law and nominate pro-abortion judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. In April, he even called the killing of unborn babies an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, Biden promised to end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions in Medicaid. He also said one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain.