By Dave Andrusko
Last week, as an example of President Joe Biden’s “single-minded extremism” on abortion, he vowed to “codify” Roe v. Wade if Democrats retain control of both Houses of Congress. This sparked a sharp rebuttal from the Catholic Bishops.
“Here’s the promise I make to you and the American people, “Biden said. “The first bill I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade. When Congress passes it I will sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided the law of the land.”
“Codifying Roe” is the Big Lie which Democrats keep peddling. The Women’s Health Protection Act “would nullify nearly all existing protective state laws,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life. “In addition, this legislation also would have prohibited states from adopting new protective laws in the future, even laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, clearly understood how radical Biden’s proposal is:
“The President is gravely wrong to continue to seek every possible avenue to facilitate abortion, instead of using his power to increase support and care to mothers in challenging situations. This single-minded extremism must end, and we implore President Biden to recognize the humanity in preborn children and the genuine life-giving care needed by women in this country. As pastors who deal daily with the tragic impacts of abortion, we know that abortion is a violent act which ends the life of preborn children and wounds untold numbers of women. The Catholic Church wishes to continue in our work with our government and leaders to protect the right to life of every human being and to ensure that pregnant and parenting mothers are fully supported in the care of their children before and after birth.”
Archbishop Lori was not alone is his condemnation. Last weekend, speaking at a Eucharistic Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, the now retired Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput said “Mr. Biden’s apostasy on the abortion issue is only the most repugnant example. He’s not alone. But in a sane world, his unique public leadership would make — or should make — public consequences unavoidable. When you freely break communion with the Church of Jesus Christ and her teachings, you can’t pretend to be in communion when it’s convenient. That’s a form of lying. Mr. Biden is not in communion with the Catholic faith.”