The White House press secretary would not directly answer the question about an unborn child, and the White House on Monday also would not comment specifically on President Joe Biden and reception of Communion.
The U.S. bishops’ Religious Freedom Week runs June 22-29.
Rep. Ted Lieu, one of the signers of a statement by Catholic Democrats who support abortion, issued tweets from his personal Twitter account that criticized the U.S. bishops.
The gift will be allocated over a five-year period for students at the 212 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The men who met Pope Francis are inmates of a low-security prison, part of the Rebibbia complex located in Rome’s east suburb. The prison caters to those with addictive disorders and includes a treatment center and program for inmates with substance dependence.
The statement, which goes beyond the capacities of the U.N. experts, has the hallmarks of an attempt to undermine Catholic doctrine by using the sex abuse scandals.