President Biden criticized Senator Lindsey Graham’s proposed bill that would ban abortion after 15 weeks’ gestation nationwide, saying, “My church isn’t even making that argument now.
Biden lambasted Republicans at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York last week over Graham’s bill, which was introduced in the US Senate earlier this month. It is the first pro-life legislation introduced at the federal level since the United States Supreme Court struck down the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
The Dobbs The decision does not ban abortion nationwide, but gives state and federal lawmakers the power to set limits on abortion or increase the gestational age for abortion. Multiple states decided to ban abortion in the weeks that followed Dobbs decision, while abortion remains legal until the moment of birth in other states.
Biden said during a DNC Benefit Dinner at a private residence in New York on Thursday: “You’ve got Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and others talking about how they’re going to, you know, make sure that deer gone forever and Dobbs becomes national law.
He added: “My generic argument – and I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic – my church doesn’t even make that argument now. And so we’re in a situation where things have changed a lot. But they have [Republicans] have become more extreme in their positions.”
“The Catholic Church, of course, never justifies the killing of an innocent person by abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, in response to Biden’s claim.
In response to the Dobbs decision, congressional Democrats reignited their earlier efforts to pass the so-called Women’s Health Protection Actthat would codify abortion into federal law and limit the ability of states to pass pro-life laws.
Biden claimed the bill provides “no exceptions…rape, incest, no exceptions.”
Bill provides exceptions for rape, incest and physical danger to mother’s life, The Hill Noted.
Biden then said, “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic, my church doesn’t even make that argument,” adding, “I’m going to veto” the bill.
Months before Biden’s speech at the DNC fundraiser, President’s Archbishop Nancy Pelosi said the Democratic leader would not be allowed to receive Communion because of her unwavering support and advocacy. of abortion.
In May, the Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone sent a letter to Pelosi, D-Calif., a practicing Catholic, advising her that she had been warned to either “reject your advocacy for abortion ‘rights'” or to “refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and to receive Holy Communion”.
The Biden presidency has intensified debate among U.S. Catholic leaders over whether Catholic public office holders who advocate for abortion should be denied communion, a practice practiced in some dioceses.
While Biden was campaigning for the presidency ahead of the 2020 presidential election, a South Carolina priest refused to serve him communion because of his abortion advocacy.
Proponents of denying Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, both inside and outside the Church hierarchy, cite the Church’s Code of Canon Law as justification for their position. The code of canon law States that those who “obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion”.
However, last November, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a Communion document that did not openly call for prohibiting pro-choice politicians from receiving the sacrament despite it.
At a general meeting at the time, the bishops overwhelmingly approved a USCCB Doctrine Committee document known as the The mystery of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. Eight bishops voted against the document, while 222 bishops voted for. Three abstained.
However, the document stated that lay Catholics “who exercise some form of public authority have a special responsibility to form their consciences in accordance with the faith of the Church and the moral law, and to serve the human family in defending the human life and dignity”.
He said: “As Christians, we have the responsibility to promote the life and dignity of the human person, and to love and protect the most vulnerable among us: the unborn, migrants and refugees, victims of racial injustice, the sick and the elderly.”
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