The president, a Catholic, condemned Dobbs as a “fairly extreme decision” during the event.

“And I’ve said before, the Court got Roe right nearly 50 years ago and that Congress should codify the protections of Roe and do it once and for all,” he said.

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona — who met and planned to marry his wife in a Catholic church, according to a local news outlet — said that he shared Biden’s concerns.

“Access to health care, including reproductive health care, is critical to the well-being and success of our nation’s students,” he said. “If you’re committed to student success, you must be committed to student health.”

At the same meeting, Vice President Kamala Harris repeated her claim that religious Americans can support abortion.

“One does not have to abandon their faith or beliefs to agree that the government should not be making these decisions for the women of America,” she said.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which summarizes Church teaching, recognizes the intrinsic dignity and worth of the unborn from the moment of conception and considers abortion a grave evil.

Abortion, as the “directly intended termination of pregnancy before viability or the directly intended destruction of a viable fetus,” is “never permitted,” according to the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services,” published by the U.S. bishops.

Pro-life medical experts agree that abortion — defined as a procedure with the sole or primary intent and purpose of ending human life in the womb — is never medically necessary, including with cases of ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, and situations where the woman’s life is threatened.