Catholic Bishop Urges Christians: “Use Your Vote to Stop Abortion”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 22, 2020   |   10:44AM   |   Washington, DC

Texas Catholic Bishop Joseph Strickland implored Christians to use their votes to stop the human rights abuse of abortion this November.

Strickland, who serves the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, has been a strong voice for life in the Catholic Church, speaking out repeatedly about the horrors of abortion and the crucial importance of supporting every human life.

On Tuesday, the bishop urged Americans to make unborn babies’ lives a top priority when they vote in the upcoming election.

“USE YOUR VOTE TO STOP ABORTION!” Strickland wrote on Twitter. “It is the greatest moral imperative of our time. The issues that plague us are countless but to vote for a candidate who promotes the killing of unborn children is to support that killing. IT IS THE PRE-EMINENT ISSUE of this election. USE YOUR VOTE.”

Strickland also has been sharing messages from other priests who are speaking out against the mass slaughter of unborn babies in abortions and the Democratic Party’s support of the atrocity.

In September, he endorsed a video by Father James Altman of Wisconsin urging Catholics to reject the Democratic Party because of its radical pro-abortion stance. This week, Strickland also praised Father Edward Meeks of Maryland for telling his parishioners that Democrat presidential candidate Joe “Biden is unabashedly pro-abortion.”

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“Every Catholic should listen to this wise and faithful priest,” Strickland wrote, linking to a video of Meeks’ comments.

Though Biden claims to be a devout Catholic, his positions on abortion and other issues contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Biden said he plans to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and appoint Supreme Court justices who will support abortion on demand. He also said he would fight to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions – which could lead to 60,000 more unborn babies’ deaths to abortion each year.

Also concerning to many Catholics, Biden promised to restore an Obama-era mandate that would force the nuns with Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to fund contraception, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health insurance plans.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not endorse candidates or political parties. However, it is encouraging Catholic voters to make protections for unborn babies a “preeminent priority” at the voting booth in November.

Strickland and other Catholic leaders have been emphasizing that message as well, noting that nothing destroys more innocent human lives than abortion. More than 800,000 unborn babies are aborted every year in America, and about 62 million have been aborted since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand.

Strickland also has been raising awareness about the use of aborted baby body parts to develop vaccines and working with pro-life and disability rights leaders to advocate for Baby Tinslee Lewis after a hospital went against her mother’s wishes and tried to withdraw her ventilator and medical treatment.

In 2019, he urged Catholic leaders to join him in “speak[ing] out forcefully” against pro-abortion lawmakers after New York passed a law legalizing abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

“The video of the ‘celebration’ of New York legislators as they condemned even full term unborn children to Death by Choice is a scene from Hell,” Strickland wrote at the time. “Woe to those who ignore the sanctity of life, they reap the whirlwind of Hell. Stand against this holocaust in every way you can.”