Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan criticized President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday for running on a platform that supports “gruesome capital punishment for innocent pre-born babies.”
In a column at Catholic New York, the New York archbishop defended Catholics’ focus on protecting unborn babies from abortion as Biden, a pro-abortion Democrat, prepares to take office, according to the Catholic News Agency.
Dolan said a politician once asked him why Catholics are “so hung up about abortion” – as if that is a bad thing.
“Actually, we’re obsessed with the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of all human life!” Dolan replied. “Yes, the innocent, helpless life of the baby in the womb, but also the life of the death row prisoner, the immigrant, the fragile elderly, the poor and the sick.”
Now, as Biden and Democrat leaders push plans to expand abortions by forcing taxpayers to pay for them, the archbishop said Catholic and non-Catholic pro-lifers alike are worried.
“We’re even more ‘hung up’ now, as our new president, whom we wish well, and who speaks with admirable sensitivity about protecting the rights of the weakest and most threatened, ran on a platform avidly supporting this gruesome capital punishment for innocent pre-born babies,” Dolan wrote.
He said pro-abortion politicians and abortion activists used to advocate for “safe, legal and rare” abortions, but they are not doing that anymore.
“How can we sustain a culture that recoils at violence, exclusion, suicide, racism, injustice, and callousness toward those in need, if we applaud, allow, pay for, and promote the destruction of the most helpless, the baby in the womb?” Dolan asked.
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“So much for the reassurances!” he continued. “Abortion remains the hottest issue in our politics, with polls showing that most Americans want restrictions on its unquestioned use, and do not want their taxes to pay for it.”
Biden and Democrat leaders are pushing for more abortions despite strong public objections. Among other things, they want to end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. Without it, taxpayers could be forced to pay for tens of thousands of unborn babies’ abortion deaths every year.
Last year, Biden, who claims to be a devout Catholic, even called abortion 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.
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.
The question, therefore, should not be why Catholics are so concerned about abortion but why more Americans are not. Each abortion destroys the life of a unique, irreplaceable human being, a child, and nearly 1 million are killed in abortions every year.
“As a matter of fact, this is not a uniquely ‘Catholic’ issue at all, but one of human rights,” Dolan said. “We didn’t learn that abortion was horrible in religion class, but in biology, and in our courses on the ‘inalienable rights’ tradition in American history.”
In the midst of political divisiveness and violence across America, Dolan said he hopes that “violence will subside, that civil discourse will again become the norm for all sides, that a respect for the sacredness of all life and the dignity of the human person will be revived, and that the sanctuary of the womb will be off-limits to violent invasion.”