The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) blasted President Joe Biden’s recent executive orders funding abortions overseas and reinstating Title X funding for Planned Parenthood. In two separately released statements on the different orders, the USCCB slammed Biden’s orders as, “antithetical to reason,” violating “human dignity” and “incompatible with Catholic teaching.”
President Biden’s recently issued executive orders will have a far-reaching impact on abortion policy in the U.S. and around the globe, even though he is a self-described Catholic.
One of President Biden’s orders rescinded the Mexico City Policy, which ensured that taxpayer dollars did not fund abortions overseas. A second order began the process of reinstating $60 million of Title X taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood. Former President Donald Trump had issued a rule that led to Planned Parenthood leaving the Title X program, while Biden’s order undoes Trump’s rule.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois, responded to the order rescinding the Mexico City Policy:
“It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations,” the bishops said.
“This Executive Order is antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching. We and our brother bishops strongly oppose this action. We urge the president to use his office for good, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including unborn children…
“The Catholic Church stands ready to work with [President Biden] and his administration to promote global women’s health in a manner that furthers integral human development, safeguarding innate human rights and the dignity of every human life, beginning in the womb.
“To serve our brothers and sisters with respect, it is imperative that care begin with ensuring that the unborn are free from violence, recognizing every person as a child of God. We hope the new administration will work with us to meet these significant needs,” they said.
Responding to the president’s second order on reinstating Title X funding to Planned Parenthood, the bishops said the following:
“Abortion takes the life of an already-conceived and growing child, and most Americans agree that abortion should not be used as a method of family planning or as a ‘back up’ for failed family planning…
“By rescinding this rule, the Administration will be forcing abortion into a pre-pregnancy program specifically designed to exclude abortion; a move which is immoral, impractical, and may also be unlawful.”
The USCCB is composed of all the active and retired Catholic hierarchy in the United States and has as a part of its mission to “act collaboratively and consistently on vital issues confronting the Church and society.”
If President Biden takes his Catholic faith as seriously as he says he does, hopefully he will listen to his Catholic superiors and govern accordingly.
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