Sister Simone Campbell, a liberal political activist and Catholic nun, defended President Joe Biden’s radical pro-abortion stance last week in an online discussion.
Campbell, speaking at an event hosted by the National Catholic Reporter, said Biden’s approach to the abortion issue is “very developed,” according to the Catholic News Agency.
“He has a very – I know from a conversation with him – he has a very developed approach to it [abortion],” Campbell said. “And for him, it hinges on religious liberty, and that he will not force his religious belief on the whole nation.”
Though Biden says he is a devout Catholic, he wants to “codify” Roe v. Wade into federal law so that killing unborn babies in abortions without limits will remain legal even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its infamous ruling. He also wants to force taxpayers to pay for abortions, a widely unpopular position.
Campbell, the executive director of the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, criticized pro-lifers who have a “political obsession” with the “criminalization of abortion,” and she argued that it is dividing the Catholic Church, according to the report.
“And the far-right is glomming onto this religious liberty argument,” she said. “Maybe there’s a way forward there, where we could find some understanding. So that would be my hope.”
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Campbell refused to condemn abortion in an interview last year. She also prayed at the Democratic National Convention and worked with pro-abortion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support Biden’s presidential campaign.
Those who attempt to justify Biden’s pro-abortion plans with his Catholic faith frequently argue that he just does not want to force his beliefs on others. But his positions on abortion and religious freedom indicate that he would force a radical pro-abortion agenda on Americans.
One prime example is his new position on the Hyde Amendment. The long-standing measure prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. For decades, the Hyde Amendment received strong bipartisan support, and polls consistently show that most Americans still support it.
But the Hyde Amendment now is a target of the profit-driven abortion industry and the Democrat politicians that it supports. Among them is Biden, who once supported the amendment but now opposes it – contrary to the wishes of most Americans.
Biden also 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. Among other things, he 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.
Montserrat Alvarado, executive director of Becket, a conservative legal group, told CNA that they are waiting to see what actions Biden will take on religious liberty.
“The litmus test for whether President Biden is taking the intersection of abortion and religious liberty seriously is how he treats the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Alvarado told CNA. “He will either give them an exemption or he will fight them in court, knowing full well that an exemption is the protection our laws and the Supreme Court have given Catholic nuns in this country.”
As far as his personal Catholic beliefs, Biden’s statements about abortion suggest he does not believe that it is wrong to kill unborn babies in the womb. In April, he called abortion an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic even though there is nothing “essential” about killing an unborn baby.
Abortions unnecessisarily destroy more innocent lives than any other cause in America. Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted. If Biden and other politicians “personally believe” abortion is wrong, it’s difficult to understand why they support policies that contradict not only their own beliefs but also those of most Americans.