Top Catholic Priest: Catholics Can’t Vote for Joe Biden Because He’s Pro-Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 27, 2020   |   11:56AM   |   Washington, DC

A leading catholic priest says Catholics can’t vote for Joe Biden, because the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee is pro-abortion. Father Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, says he is supporting President Donald Trump because of the long list of pro-life accomplishments during his administration so far.

“I am advocating for the re-election of President Trump. That is not primarily a political advocacy, but a moral one. There are numerous reasons why neither I nor any other believer or patriot can vote for Democrats in this election. And I will be more loud and clear about that in these next 99 days, when my fulltime work will be to communicate that moral message,” pavone told today.

Pavone pointed out the stark contrast between Trump and Biden on abortion, calling Trump “the most pro-life President in history” and saying Biden “wants no restrictions on abortion and wants us to pay for it.”

Pavone said that Biden wants to force Christian Americans to pay for abortions, explaining that “Biden wants to restore the HHS mandate which various dioceses, Priests for Life, the Little Sisters, and numerous others fought all the way to the Supreme Court.” He contrasts that with President Trump “who defends America and instead embrace the Biden-Sanders vision of socialism.”

The priest said he doesn’t understand some Catholics who are supporting Biden just because they don’t like Trump’s approach or personality “as if we are supposed to distance ourselves from President Trump who advocates for the rights of students to pray in school and speak their mind on campus, and the rights of parents to send their children to Catholic schools or any other school of their choice…and does countless other things that benefit the Church and our security and prosperity as Americans.”

The Priests for Life director said supporting Trump is not a matter of partisanship, but he noted that the Demcorat Party platform strongly supports abortion and taxpayer-funding of killing babies in abortions.

“Personally, I am an Independent. But it is a moral obligation for me and for all of us in the Church, clergy and laity alike, to point out the moral corruption of the Democrat platform. I will sacrifice my life before failing to do that,” he said.

The two candidates are vastly different when it comes to pro-life issues.

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In one of his first acts as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.

Trump has repeatedly called out the Democratic Party’s extreme position on abortion. During his State of the Union address Trump slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. He also called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.

Trump and his administration have made a number of changes to protect those who morally object to abortions, expanding conscience protections for medical workers who believe it is wrong to kill an unborn baby and increasing religious exemptions for Obamacare.

His administration also intervened to stop the United Nations from supporting abortion in a resolution about sexual violence. In 2018, under his leadership, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report as well.

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During his presidency, the administration also finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood, which already has said it will not comply, could lose about $60 million annually through the policy change. However, the abortion group is suing to block the cuts.

Trump has appointed dozens of conservative judges to federal courts as well, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court and he has repeatedly told the UN that he will not promote abortion as a human right.

On the other hand, Biden would advance abortion as president.

The Democrat presidential candidate now supports forcing taxpayers to pay for elective abortions. In late February at a town hall in South Carolina, Biden promised that one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain.

Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years. He supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for contraception that may cause abortions.

Biden recently 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.” He also promised to “work to codify Roe v. Wade.” The infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

That’s not where most Americans stand. Polls consistently show that most support strong limits on abortion, especially in the third trimester when babies are viable outside the womb. A recent 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).

Biden’s extremes do not stop there. His health care plan would expand abortions as well. The plan would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, prohibiting states from passing even moderate restrictions that protect unborn babies from late-term abortions. It also would force insurance companies to cover abortions as “essential” health care under Obamacare.

What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand.

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.