Pope Francis has previously called abortion “murder,” compared abortion to “hiring a hitman,” said that unborn victims of abortion bear the face of Jesus, and decried efforts to promote abortion as an “essential service” during the pandemic.
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The Oct. 29 event would mark the first meeting with Pope Francis during Biden’s presidency.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on April 16 that it was reversing restrictions on research using fetal tissue and organs of aborted babies.
Pro-life advocates have criticized the principle of funding abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, even with prohibitions on the money directly funding abortion. They argue that since money is fungible, the additional funding frees up other funds to go toward abortions.
President Biden called the effort to provide vaccinations “an example of America at its finest,” and added that “they're all meeting what Pope Francis calls the moral obligation, get vaccinated, something which he went on to say can save your life and the lives of others.”
During a White House press briefing Wednesday, press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by Owen Jensen of EWTN News Nightly about “ethical concerns” regarding the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson.
After Vatican Says Same-Sex Unions Cannot be Blessed, White House Reaffirms Biden’s Support for Them
When asked by a reporter on Monday if the president had a response to the Vatican’s statement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said he had no “personal response” but reaffirmed the president’s long-standing support for same-sex unions.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to answer a question regarding conscience protections regarding health care but added, “You’ll have to talk to a future secretary Becerra once he is confirmed."
Pro-life groups, including the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), have warned that the relief proposal in the House does not have necessary Hyde Amendment-type provisions that would protect against funding of abortions.
Marking the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170, President Trump praised the saint as a "lion of religious liberty."