In the run-up to the November election the news was full of earnest pro-life and Catholic Americans who said they would be casting their ballots for Democrat Joe Biden, despite the fact that he is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to run for the nation’s highest office.
The Washington Post turned to two Boston College theologians who told readers they had decided that although they accept the teaching of the Church that all life is sacred from the moment of conception, they had to vote for Biden for other “grave moral reasons.”
In a Wisconsin paper, a self-identified Catholic pro-lifer wrote that Biden was more pro-life than President Trump because he believes in “rectifying income inequality, caring for immigrants and refugees and protecting Mother Earth.”
One of the letters I received pretty much sums of the sentiment among the never-Trumpers who wrote to me:
“While I personally accept the Churches (sic) teaching about abortion, we have to look at the bigger picture in a national election. A Democratic president will do more to protect the rights of vulnerable immigrants, and advance the health care and social justice concerns of the poor and minorities.”
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OK, so now I have a message for these folks: Your pro-life convictions, though they didn’t prevent you from voting for Democrats, should at least impel you to challenge them.
The past week gave Americans a glimpse of Biden’s intentions on abortion – beyond what he has already done in restoring American funding to overseas abortion cartels and reinstating funds to home-grown abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood.
Two Senate committees, Health and Finance, held confirmation hearings for Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general and former member of Congress who is Biden’s pick for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As a member of the House, Becerra voted against the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, against protection for pain-capable unborn children and children born alive after a failed abortion, and constantly pushed for more taxpayer funding of abortion.
As attorney general of California, Becerra was behind the effort to force pregnancy help centers, which exist to give women alternatives to abortion, to tell those same women how they could obtain an abortion. (This became the Supreme Court case NIFLA vs. Becerra.)
And he has many more pro-abortion credentials.
If Becerra’s nomination hearings represented all of Biden’s abortion scheming in one week, that would have enough to compel a response from his self-proclaimed “pro-life” supporters. But there was more.
On Thursday, the House passed by a vote of 224-206 H.R. 5, the Equality Act. Don’t be fooled by the name; the bill favors some over others while consigning the unborn to the literal trash heap of history.
The word “abortion” never appears in the bill, but that’s precisely the problem. Federal law makes an exception to abortion in various places where otherwise it would be mandatory to fund it, but the Equality Act drops that exception, putting abortion on par with legitimate medical procedures.
This bill, described by pro-lifers as “a Trojan horse for the abortion lobby” would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on an expanded definition of “sex” that includes any condition or treatment related to pregnancy and childbirth (thereby including abortion.)
Moreover, it applies this to the provisions of the Civil Rights Act pertaining to employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding and other aspects of life. It would establish abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy as a protected right by outlawing “pregnancy discrimination.”
The House also voted on a massive COVID relief bill that would exploit the pandemic to push the Democrats’ left-wing agenda, including funding for abortion. While previous relief packages contained standard provisions that prevent federal funding for abortions, those provisions are missing from the new legislation.
So I can’t help wondering what all those Biden-loving-yet-pro-life Catholics are doing to stop these anti-life bills in their tracks and to derail Becerra’s nomination.
Have they been in touch with Joe Biden’s administration? Have they contacted the Democratic representatives and senators they elected? Have they contacted their Democratic Party leaders? Have they expressed their “pro-life” opinions in their hometown or national news outlets?
Or was their profession of being pro-life just a compensation for voters’ guilt?
I challenge these people to give some evidence that they reject the extremism we pointed out during the election. I expect them to tell their candidate that his determination to see even more children killed by abortion is not something they can support. I’d like to see them actively oppose every pro-abortion law in their states and cities. I invite them to join with pro-life organizations to bring more sanity into our abortion policy.
The candidates aren’t the only ones whose feet should be held to the fire about what they assert during campaigns. The voters are as well.
LifeNews.com Note: Father Frank Pavone is the national director for Priests for Life.