Joe Biden is Catholic, But Catholics are Supporting Trump Because He’s Pro-Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 22, 2020   |   12:10PM   |   Washington, DC

Cassandra Luevano does not think Catholic voters are convinced by Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s talk about his faith.

Though Biden has been highlighting his Catholic faith on the campaign trail, his positions on abortion, religious freedom and a number of other issues do not line up with church teachings.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Luevano, a pro-life Hispanic with Catholics for Trump, said she believes Republican President Donald Trump will win the majority of Catholic voters again in 2020.

“I think Trump will win the Catholic vote from Biden,” in part, because Trump is pro-life, Luevano said.

Trump received the majority of Catholic votes in 2016, including in several key swing states. Overall, he received 52 percent of the Catholic vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent, according to Pew Research Center.

recent poll by Claremont McKenna College found Trump is gaining support among Hispanic Catholics, who tend to be strongly pro-life. However, an October poll from Pew found that Biden is narrowing Trump’s lead among white Catholic voters, Financial Times reports.

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Still, Luevano said she is hopeful.

She told The Christian Post:

Trump’s policies on religious freedom, abortion and fighting human trafficking align with Catholic principles, said Luevano. By making it OK to say “Merry Christmas,” standing up for religious freedom worldwide, nominating pro-life Supreme Court justices and signing executive orders to fight human trafficking, Trump has impressed many Catholic voters, she added. …

While former Vice President Joe Biden is Catholic and Trump isn’t, Luevano said Catholics appreciate Trump because of the large number of Catholics in his life and administration.

These include U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Vice President Mike Pence, who was raised Catholic, and Trump’s wife Melania, she said.

And while Luevano expressed mixed feelings about Trump’s immigration policies, she told the Post that it’s clear to her which candidate Catholics should support.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging Catholic voters to make protections for unborn babies a “preeminent priority” at the voting booth in November.

On that issue, Biden and Trump have drastically opposing positions.

Biden supports Roe v. Wadethe infamous abortion ruling that led to 62 million unborn babies being aborted. Earlier this month, he promised to pass legislation to make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land.”

In June, Biden said he believes in a “woman’s constitutional right to choice under any circumstances.” During the coronavirus shutdowns, he even called elective abortions an “essential medical service.”

He also wants to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions by ending the Hyde Amendment. Doing so could lead to 60,000 more unborn babies’ deaths by 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.

In contrast, Trump has taken numerous actions to protect unborn babies, both on a national and global scale. He defunded Planned Parenthood through his Mexico City and Title X policies and introduced new restrictions to stop taxpayer dollars from funding research using aborted baby body parts. Trump also stopped giving American tax dollars to United Nations Population Fund because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its forced abortion population control policies.

Additionally, the Trump administration has been fighting to protect pro-life medical workers from employment discrimination. Last year, it became involved in a Vermont nurse’s case after she said her employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, tricked her into participating in an abortion against her will. The Trump administration also created a new rule to better enforce conscience protections and discipline employers that discriminate against pro-life medical workers.