Arch Lori: Biden’s Executive Order Targets The Defenceless

US bishops react to the president’s executive order promoting abortion.

Photo: Archdiocese of Baltimore

Newsroom (July 16, 2022, 10:36 AM, Gaudium Press) Following Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order – which urges the Department of Health to guarantee access to abortion drugs, increase protections for health care providers who perform abortions, and also strengthen abortion awareness campaigns in public centers – the reaction of the U.S. bishops was immediate, through Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and chairman of that episcopate’s pro-life commission.

It is “deeply disturbing and tragic” that President Joe Biden has chosen to use his power as the nation’s chief executive “to promote and facilitate abortion in our country, seeking every possible avenue to deny the unborn child his or her most basic human and civil right, the right to life.”

“Instead of using executive power to increase support and care for mothers and babies, the president’s executive order seeks only to facilitate the destruction of defenceless and voiceless human beings,” the prelate said in a July 9 statement.

Biden’s executive order is a response by this administration to the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, establishing that there is no constitutional right to abortion, and returning the regulation of abortion to state governments. Moreover, Biden did not just stay with this executive order but announced the promotion of federal law as the quickest way to restore the situation prior to the ruling.

For its part, the US episcopate intends to promote “an economy that supports marriages and families, and in which every woman has the support and resources necessary to bring her child into this world with love,” Msgr. Lori stated.

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Let them abandon this path

“And as religious leaders, we pledge to continue our service to God’s great plan of love for the human person and to work with our fellow citizens to fulfill America’s promise to guarantee the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”

The Archbishop of Baltimore appealed to Biden, asking him to “leave this path that leads to death and destruction and choose life.”

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Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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