The U.S. House of Representatives has passed, on a near party line vote, a bill codifying a right to abortion-on-demand. Troublingly, Members of Congress who claim a Roman Catholic faith were among them.
Titled “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 [WHPA]” (H.R. 3755), the bill is sponsored by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and co-sponsored by 211 House Democrats. No House Republicans supported the legislation, now moving before the U.S. Senate.
The legislation is among the most radical expansions of abortion rights ever proposed in the U.S. Congress, channeling federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
H.R. 3755 would allow for pre-viability abortions under every circumstance. It would allow post-viability abortions with a meaningless “good faith restriction.”
The bill also seeks to remove conscience protections, codified under federal law, for healthcare workers unwilling to participate in abortion procedures on moral or religious grounds (p. 23 lines 1-6).
State laws restraining the most radical aspects of the pro-abortion agenda will be repealed if this bill becomes law.
Numerous self-described Catholic politicians co-sponsored, promoted, and promised to help codify the bill into federal law. President Joe Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did just that last week.
Shamefully, one-quarter of House co-sponsors claim a Roman Catholic faith and just under one-third of the co-sponsors of the Senate version, S. 1975, identify as Catholic.
In a statement of administration policy on H.R. 3755, Biden said last week,
“The administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 3755…The administration looks forward to working with Congress as the [WHPA] advances through the legislative process…”
Pelosi’s remarks on the bill were especially egregious. In a September 23 press conference, the House Speaker fielded a question about how she reconciled her Catholic faith and her support for the bill.
“I believe that God has given us free will to honor our responsibilities,” Pelosi stated.
Similarly, in her speech on the House floor during the debate on H.R. 3755, Pelosi said,
“I come to this [abortion debate] as a Catholic mother of five in six years…We should not, in this body, or Court, be making decisions for the women of America.”
Conversely, Catholics who abide by Church teachings on abortion, informed by Scripture, church documents, and the Catechism, have condemned both the bill and the support of self-proclaimed Catholics for it.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone seemingly hinted at an ongoing dispute with Pelosi and her support for abortion rights in a statement last week that support for this particular bill was:
“Especially shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such evil, let alone advocate for it…WHPA is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.”
Cordileone noted the bill amounted to “child sacrifice.”
In a statement condemning the bill, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called upon members of Congress to, “not advance a radical ‘abortion on demand until birth’ policy….”
Biden and Pelosi claim to be both Roman Catholic and Pro-Choice, but this doesn’t mean that they are faithful or doctrinally sound. The two elected officials not only advocate for passage of the most radical abortion bill in U.S. history, they also aid and abet its passage.
Pelosi, and other government figures like her with the power of to change public policies, twist Church teachings and in doing so perpetuate a culture of death.
The House official claims that God has given people free will to honor their responsibilities.
God has bestowed humanity with free will — but that doesn’t mean He sanctions and supports the murder of the unborn without consequence. It doesn’t mean that it is moral or acceptable in the Catholic faith to do so.
Pelosi and Biden should view all children, not just their own children, as Jesus did – “in His own image” (Gen 1:27, RSV).
This dignity that God has given every person, in the womb, and outside of it, doesn’t go away when abortion is labeled as healthcare by Pro-Choice politicians. Human dignity given by God is neither circumstantial nor is it to be discarded for political purposes. Human beings are incapable of deciding which lives have dignity and are worth protection and which do not. It certainly is not the place of those who present themselves as Catholics to infringe upon religious healthcare workers’ conscience rights.