Joe Biden lied to a Catholic reporter on Monday and falsely claimed the nation’s Catholic bishops do not oppose forcing Americans to fund abortions even though the Catholic Church has a longstanding pro-life position against tax-funded abortions.
Biden is apparently such a faithful Catholic he doesn’t even know the position of his own church on an issue that has been a political debate since the 1970s.
During questioning about the federal budget, Biden responded to a question from EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen. The pro-life reporter could barely get his question out before Biden cut him off:
Q Catholic bishops are demanding that federal tax dollars not fund abortions.
BIDEN: No, they are not all doing that. Nor is —
Q Catholic bishops are —
BIDEN: Nor is —
Q — demanding that federal tax —
BIDEN: Nor is the Pope doing that.
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Reporter: “Catholic bishops are demanding that federal tax dollars not fund abortions.”
Biden: “No they are not all doing that, nor is the Pope.” pic.twitter.com/JzgXBRSZQb
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 30, 2023
On Friday, the nation’s Catholic bishops released a statement supporting a bill to permanently ban taxpayer funded abortions.
Earlier today, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities sent a letter to House and Senate sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” (H.R.7 and S.62), in support of the legislation.
“Protecting taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortion in violation of their conscience is a principle that has enjoyed historically broad support among Americans, regardless of their otherwise passionately divided views on the topic. It has also been life-saving,” said Bishop Burbidge in his letter. Rather than funding abortion, he continued, “Congress can better serve the common good by prioritizing policies that comprehensively assist women, children, and families in need in ways that will not only encourage childbirth but make it easier to welcome and raise a new child.”
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which has also been supported by the USCCB in previous sessions of Congress, would make long-standing prohibitions on federal funding of elective abortion permanent and government-wide, rather than having to depend on various appropriations, which can put these funding protections or other programs for those in need at risk.