Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2021 / 11:00 am
A Catholic former Democratic congressman said that President Biden’s pro-abortion policies flout what it means to live as a Catholic in public life.
“Catholics should be different. We shouldn’t just be Democrats, Republicans, and follow the party line,” said former congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), in an interview that aired on Thursday night on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.
“Catholics really have an obligation and an understanding of what the dignity of the individual means,” he added. “We need to live that out in public life if we are in office, or we’re just a citizen and we’re voting. We need to follow that.”
“Unfortunately, that’s not what we usually see, on either side of the aisle,” he said.
Lipinski spoke on the 100-day mark of Biden’s presidency. A former eight-term congressman from Illinois’ third district, Lipinski was known as the last reliable pro-life vote among House Democrats. He lost his 2020 primary to now-Congresswoman Marie Newman, who is Catholic and pro-abortion.
During Biden’s first 100 days in office, he began by issuing a statement in support of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide; Biden made the statement on Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of Roe.
Several days later, the president repealed the Mexico City Policy, allowing for U.S. global health assistance to go to pro-abortion groups.
Under Biden’s presidency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in the process of repealing rules to allowg abortion providers to receive Title X family planning funding. The administration’s proposal would also require that Title X funding recipients to provide abortion counseling upon request.