Pro-abortion Joe Biden’s selective use of quotes from pro-life champion Pope John Paul ll

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note. This appeared in the September issue of National Right to Life News. Please use your social media outlets to share with your pro-life family and friends.

When I heard the political ad, I was stunned.

Here was pro-abortion Presidential candidate Joe Biden, invoking the words of eminent pro-life leader Pope John Paul II: “Be not afraid.”

The unschooled might be led to believe that Biden’s policies would support Catholic teaching on social issues. But when it comes to the issue of abortion, they would be greatly mistaken.

Despite his tendency to invoke his Catholic roots, Biden’s political stands are diametrically opposed to Catholicism’s full-throated and unequivocal defense of innocent human life.

Biden is endorsed by radically pro-abortion PACs such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood. They oppose any limits on abortion—contrary to the views of a majority of Americans. National public opinion polls consistently show that most folks oppose most abortions.

In a stunning departure from his previous stand, Biden has even embraced the cold-hearted call for taxpayer funding of abortion. Again, polling clearly indicates that the vast majority of Americans do not want their hard-earned tax dollars to be spent on abortion, the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life.

Biden should be reminded of some other quotes from Pope John Paul II:

“Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.”

And what about this one:  

“But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers where abortions are performed. … In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension. It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders.”

With his extreme pro-abortion policy positions, Joe Biden is perpetuating a serious wound on society. Quoting Pope John Paul II out of context will not make that wound go away.