How Can Joe Biden be a “Faithful Catholic” and Force Americans to Fund Abortions?

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 7, 2021   |   3:29PM   |   Washington, DC

Joe Biden, supposedly a “faithful Catholic,” wants to force Americans to participate in evil by forcing taxpayers to pay for the elective killing of unborn babies in abortions.

Yet, as Newsmax writer Rick Hinshaw noted in a column this week, somehow the U.S. Catholic bishops are the ones receiving the bulk of criticism for just considering refusing to give Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden.

Hinshaw challenged Catholics who are criticizing the bishops to ask themselves if they are just as offended by Biden’s plan to force millions of pro-life Americans “to actually participate in the killing of unborn children through our tax dollars.”

Biden’s proposed 2022 budget would end more than 40 years of bipartisan agreement on the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for most abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs.

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For decades, most Republican and Democrat lawmakers, including Biden, supported the amendment as a regular part of the budget. However, Democrat leaders recently abandoned the public and sided with the billion-dollar abortion industry on the issue.

If Biden’s budget plan succeeds, Americans could be forced to pay for the killing of tens of thousands of unborn babies in abortions every year – an act that would violate the consciences of millions of Americans.

Hinshaw questioned how Biden can call himself a devout Catholic when the Catechism states that a person “must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience.”

“Yet President Biden wants to use the coercive powers of government to force all of us who are pro-life to act contrary to our consciences by facilitating abortions,” he wrote.

“A bishop’s denial of the Eucharist to a public figure is done for the purpose of saving souls—not only the soul of that public figure, but also the souls of others whom he or she might lead into grave sin. So what about a Catholic figure who doesn’t just lead others into committing a grave moral evil, he forces us into it?” Hinshaw continued.

In June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops faced criticism when they voted to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist that could rebuke pro-abortion politicians like Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Many bishops expressed concerns that Biden’s claims about being a devout Catholic coupled with his radical abortion advocacy are misleading Catholics and creating scandal for the faith. They have said the church must do something to make it clear that Catholics cannot support the killing of unborn babies and must repent before participating in Communion.

Biden’s actions on abortion have been the most radical of any president to-date. Among other things, his administration recently stopped enforcing safety regulations that protect mothers and unborn babies from dangerous abortion drugs. The change allows abortion businesses to sell abortion drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person.

Now, Biden is trying to get rid of the Hyde Amendment and force Americans to pay for abortions. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2.4 million babies’ lives, including about 60,000 each year, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions. Significantly, a 2016 Harvard/Politico poll found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are more likely to oppose it.