Hours after the Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief plan passed Wednesday, several U.S. Bishops Conference chairmen called it “unconscionable” that the bill didn’t include protections against taxpayer funding of abortion.
If it becomes law, the American Rescue Plan Act would pit the great need Americans have for economic relief in this pandemic against those who insist the bill must include abortion funding, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairmen of seven USCCB committees.
The House passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, also referred to as the American Rescue Plan of 2021, early Saturday morning, Feb. 27. While the bill will fund vaccines, testing and tracing, and will also provide economic relief to American families and adult dependents, it doesn’t include prohibitions on abortion funding.
With a Conservative majority on the Supreme Court in place, state legislatures across the U.S. are taking the opportunity to push pro-life bills.
It’s not just prayer that’s helping the pro-life community make the argument against abortion. According to doctors and leaders of the movement, advances such as the ultrasound are bolstering the pro-life position.
H.R. 18 — the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021 — would make the long-standing Hyde Amendment permanent and keep in place similar provisions to ensure no federal dollars are used to pay for abortion and health plans that include abortion.
In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States invalidates 50 state laws and makes abortion legal — on demand — throughout the U.S. in the decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
Catholics comprise the majority of cabinet members in the new administration of President Joe Biden, a stark contrast to the preponderance of white evangelicals who served the previous commander in chief.
For Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, the way U.S. bishops should approach President Joe Biden and important issues can in part be answered through a question his mother used to ask: “What would Jesus do?”
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson urged the pro-life movement to remain committed to four foundational principles: justice, truth, democracy and compassion.