At the 2012 vice presidential debate against Republican nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Biden stated plainly that he believed life began at conception.
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Catholic Columnist Ross Douthat: ‘Brave New World’ of Embryo Experimentation Could Sharpen Communion Debate
Douthat, in his column, compared the shift in bioethics to the present debate over admitting pro-abortion politicians to Communion.
Archbishop Naumann suggested there is “similar moral gravity” between performing an abortion or assisting someone to get an abortion and some pro-abortion Biden policy, like ending the Hyde Amendment.
The policy, first instituted by President Reagan in 1984, is traditionally rescinded or reinstated by new presidents upon entering office.
Joe Biden will become the second baptized Catholic to be sworn in as U.S. president.
While Archbishop Gregory has every proper right to “dialogue” with an individual Catholic in his diocese, it is less clear that the Archbishop of Washington is ex officio empowered to bargain with the head of state on behalf of the Church across the country.
The radio ads are expected to run in Wisconsin and Florida, two states Biden’s opponent, President Donald Trump, won narrowly in 2016.
Biden, a baptized Catholic, said in the ad that “faith is what has gotten me through difficult times in my life,” including the deaths of his first wife, eldest daughter in a car accident, and his son Beau’s death from brain cancer.
Democratic presidential candidates have expressed an increasing consensus in favor of overturning the Hyde Amendment, and scrapping the policy was part of the Democratic Party platform in 2016.