A Black Catholic leader praised Joe Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate this week, calling the Democrat senator “just wonderful” despite her radical pro-abortion record.
The comment came from Donna Toliver Grimes, associate director of African American affairs in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, in an interview with the Catholic News Service.
CNS noted that Grimes was not speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops when she praised Harris. The bishops are encouraging Catholic voters to make protections for unborn babies a “preeminent priority” at the voting booth in November.
“I was so elated. We, the community, need good news, and this was just wonderful,” Grimes told CNS in an article highlighting Black Catholics’ reactions to Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent. “She wasn’t my top candidate in the primaries, and she wasn’t my top pick for vice president, … [but] she’s really deserving and brings a lot to the table.”
Grimes said she believes Biden, who claims to be a devout Catholic even though he supports abortion on demand, and Harris will support policies that are “favorable to people on the margins.”
“I would expect [Biden] would put good people in his Cabinet, who would not damage the agencies, or ignore the mission,” Grimes said.
She also expressed hope that the Democrat team will reform health care so that more people can access the medical services that they need.
But one of the biggest concerns for many voters is that Biden and Harris believe that the slaughtering of unborn babies in abortions is health care. Their position also is of particular concern to Black Americans because abortion is the number one killer of Black lives in America.
Unlike past Democrats, Biden has not talked about wanting to reduce abortions or make them rare. In April, he went so far as to call the killing of unborn babies in abortions an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic.
His plan for health care includes expanding abortions. Biden said he is committed to “the constitutional right to an abortion” and to reversing “the Trump administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose.” If elected, he also promised pro-abortion groups to work to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions.
Biden’s proposals are bad, but Harris’s record on abortion and religious freedom is even worse.
Harris, a California senator, has a 100% pro-abortion voting record and has defended abortions up to birth. Last year, she said she supports women making the decision whether to terminate the life of their unborn baby even if that abortion occurs just before birth.
Harris’ comments came just days after she voted with U.S. Senate Democrats to block an anti-infanticide bill that would require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.
Her past statements and actions also raise serious concerns about the future of religious liberty and freedom of the press. She recently came under fire for discriminating against a judicial nominee simply because he is a member of a Catholic fraternal organization.
Notorious in pro-life circles, Harris became well-known after she raided the home of undercover journalist David Daleiden, who exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade. Harris was the attorney general of California at the time, and the state’s prosecution of Daleiden is on-going. If convicted, he could be sent to jail – even though his investigation led to the shutdown of two companies that sold aborted baby body parts.
Harris’s prosecution of the undercover journalists, while accepting campaign donations and other support from Planned Parenthood, was met with harsh criticism. Even the pro-abortion Los Angeles Times editorial board criticized her office for prosecuting journalists in a way that jeopardizes the freedom of the press, calling it a “disturbing overreach.”
For the sake of millions of unborn babies, many Catholic and pro-life voters are urging Americans to reject Biden and Harris in November.