Unity has been a message of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign for months and it will be the theme of his inauguration on Jan. 20.
But the incoming president’s plan to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions is anything but unifying.
Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose it, and Biden himself once did, too. But while speaking about “unity” on the campaign trail, he quietly abandoned his popular position on the issue and chose a running mate even more radical than himself.
The AP reports Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Monday that the theme for the event will be “Americans United.”
The committee hopes the theme “reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future,” according to the report.
Many of the accompanying inauguration events will be virtual rather than in-person due to the coronavirus and increased security risks; but Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their spouses do plan to make a symbolic gesture of unity by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and their wives, according to the report.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife also plan to attend the inauguration, the report states.
Presidential Inauguration Committee CEO Dr. Tony Allen said they hope Biden’s presidency will bring about healing and re-unification among Americans.
“It is time to turn the page on this era of division,” Allen said. “The inaugural activities will reflect our shared values and serve as a reminder that we are stronger together than we are apart, just as our motto ‘e pluribus unum’ reminds us — out of many, one.”
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But the policies that Biden has adopted and the leaders whom he has chosen to help run his administration suggest he is not listening to most Americans or representing their values.
On the campaign trail, Biden embraced new pro-abortion positions that are extreme and out of touch with most Americans, including ending the Hyde Amendment. The long-standing amendment that bars taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid has been a unifying policy for decades, supported by Democrats and Republicans, pro-lifers and those who identify as pro-choice alike.
Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions. Biden himself supported the Hyde Amendment up until 2019, but he abandoned his moderate position at the urging of the powerful pro-abortion lobby.
Then, last April, Biden went so far as to call the killing of unborn babies in abortions an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic. His health care plan would expand abortions as well by forcing insurance companies to cover abortions as “essential” health care under Obamacare.
Biden’s choices of Harris as his vice president and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is trying to put pro-life journalists in jail, to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also suggest anything but unity and moderation.
Harris has been accused of anti-Catholic bigotry. She also prosecuted pro-life undercover journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade. And Becerra defended a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs advertising abortions. He lost the case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
If Biden does what he promised, abortions could increase across America. Not only does Biden plan to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns it, he also wants to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
About 900,000 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. Without the Hyde Amendment, researchers at the Charlotte Lozier Institute predict 60,000 more unborn babies could be killed in abortions each year.
He also promised to undo all of President Donald Trump’s progress for life, including restoring funding to the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood.
On religious freedom, Biden’s position also is deeply troubling. Biden has endorsed anti-religious freedom policies that would force nuns, religious charities and hospitals to violate their deeply-held beliefs by funding the killing of unborn babies in abortions and potentially even by helping to facilitate their deaths. He also 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.