Pelosi, Biden et al. making taxpayer-funded abortion 'a priority'

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

Pelosi leads Dems down stepsTwo of the leading Democrats on today's political scene – both of whom claim to be "practicing" Catholics and who say their faith defines who they are – are pushing hard against the Hyde Amendment, which for years has blocked federal funds going for abortions.

In a push for Democratic lawmakers to approve the federal funding of abortion, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is ending a compromise between Republicans and Democrats over the controversial issue that has lasted 40 years. Joining Pelosi in her radical pro-abortion agenda is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who now also opposes the pro-life Hyde Amendment – a legislative provision dating to the 1970s that prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions.

As reports, the amendment "originally passed a Democratic-controlled House and Senate just a few years after Roe v. Wade and has been backed publicly by Democratic presidents – including Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama. Obama signed an executive order opposing taxpayer funding of abortion in his healthcare plan, [but] because the Hyde Amendment must be renewed by each Congress, its future has always been tenuous."

Dems 'a godless party,' says Jeffress

Despite Pelosi's and Biden's claims about being devout Catholics, their radical pro-abortion agenda flies in the face of the Roman Catholic Church's staunch pro-life values – a point emphasized by Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist-Dallas.

"Electing Joe Biden to provide moral clarity is like hiring Jesse James to provide bank security," Jeffress asserted last week on Fox & Friends. "The fact is Joe Biden is bankrupt – along with the Democrat Party – when it comes to morality.

"The fact is the Bible, God and even Biden's own Catholic Church provide moral clarity on these issues," the pastor continued. "Joe Biden just chooses to ignore those teachings. That's why he's fuzzy in his thinking."

The evangelical leader also criticized the recent Biden endorsement by a multi-faith coalition of 350 faith leaders – despite the fact that the former vice president appears to be more loyal to progressive ideals than to the tenets of his Catholic faith.

The conservative Fox News correspondent went on to laud a speech by President Donald Trump at last week's Republican National Convention, when he drew a clear distinction between the two parties, explaining how the GOP looks to God – not the government – for redemption.

"[Democrats] are a godless party – we saw that on display during their convention," Jeffress argued. "They can't even talk about God in a proper way, so they have made government their god."

They're looking to strip away all preborn protections

Realizing that taxpayer funds paid for approximately 300,000 abortions annually before the amendment, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) informed House Democrats in July that the Hyde Amendment will not be included in next year's budget bill. The two Democrats applied the well-used phrase "women's reproductive rights" in an attempt to portray lower-income women in America as victims of injustice, racism and socioeconomic oppression.

"It's an issue of racial justice, and it's an issue of discrimination against low-income women, women of color, women who don't have access to what middle- and upper-income women have – in terms of the choice to have an abortion," Lee insisted to the Los Angeles Times. "We have to make it a priority. This is something that we will have to insist on and hold members of the Senate accountable just as with the House."

The full-fledged opposition against the Hyde Amendment touted by Pelosi was not part of the Democratic platform until 2016, and now DeGette and other Democrats are poised to end it when and if Republicans are no longer over the Senate and White House.

"[I]t's not just [lawmakers] from safe Democratic districts [who oppose the Hyde Amendment – [as lawmakers from] across the entire Democratic caucus [want to see the it removed]," DeGette explained, according to the Times. "These members are pro-choice – and pro-choice to them includes repealing the Hyde Amendment."

Susan B. Anthony List spokeswoman Mallory Quigley says Pelosi is spearheading a major political fight over abortion.

"This is a terribly reckless push on the part of Democrats to force taxpayers to fund abortion on demand," Quigley told the Times. "People don't want to be complicit in abortion with their taxpayer dollars … regardless of how they identify – pro-life or pro-choice."

Joe was for it before he was against it

Even though Biden stands in staunch opposition to the Hyde Amendment this year, this was not the case last year when he supported the pro-life legislation. He also made his position clear in 1994, as well.

"Those of us who are opposed to abortions should not be compelled to pay for them," Biden wrote in a letter to constituents more than a quarter century ago, according to NBC News.

And despite a 2019 Marist poll showing that a majority of Americans (54%) stand in opposition to "using tax dollars to pay for a woman's abortion" – with only 39% supporting it – Biden has succumbed to pressure from Democratic leaders, whose 2020 party platform calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.


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