Laura Bryant Hanford on How the Biden Plan Will Increase Abortions and Decimate Religious Charity

I am a Christian, pro-life woman who has heard pleas in recent weeks from a number of thoughtful pro-life friends not to be a “single-issue” voter.  Abortion, they reason, is not materially impacted by the presidency.  Legitimate considerations undergird this view —until you actually read the Biden platform. 

The argument that US presidents have little impact on abortion distills down to two main points, beyond the fact that overturning Roe v. Wade alone will not eliminate abortion.  Namely, the best means of lowering abortion rates are 1) state and local restrictions such as ultrasound laws and waiting periods; and 2) medical care and poverty relief for women that will lift them out of the despair driving them to consider abortion.

But here’s the rub — the Biden Agenda targets both approaches.

Pervading the Biden 2020 Vision is a comprehensive and chillingly specific assault on faith-affirming charity.  Biden has promised, within his first 100 days, legislative and executive actions that will not only target all state restrictions on abortion, but also decimate religious charities at home and abroad.

First, Biden commits that “his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate the constitutional right to an abortion, such as so-called TRAP laws, parental notification requirements, mandatory waiting periods, and ultrasound requirements.[i]

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Biden chose in Kamala Harris a champion of abortion so extreme she supports aborting viable unborn infants up until birth, which the great majority of Americans do not. She even voted against requiring medical care for live babies born in botched abortions.  In Virginia, where Governor Northam (in)famously suggested infanticide for babies surviving abortions, Democrats wiped out 10 years of hard-fought pro-life laws within a matter of days, after taking over the legislature in 2019.  Biden’s plan defines and funds abortion itself as healthcare, not as a tragedy to be averted. Imagine the impact on abortion rates if, in addition to delivering federal funding for abortions in the US and overseas, President Biden’s Justice Department overturns every ultrasound and waiting period law across fifty states.

The second, essential means of reducing abortions is ensuring care for vulnerable women and families.  Some of the largest and most effective providers of such care are faith-affirming foster and adoption agencies, churches, and health providers.  President George W. Bush considered them so essential he established the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to support them.

Biden, however, views them as a threat. Tucked in the weeds of his platform is the statement that “many government-funded foster care and adoption agencies still discriminate against LGBTQ+ families.”  This is followed by the promise to reverse the broad religious exemptions to existing nondiscrimination laws and policies across federal agencies.”

This is wonk-speak for “if you have views and policies consistent with a biblical or religious understanding of marriage, sexuality and gender, Biden’s administration will shut you down.” The ability of agencies to deliver care is impacted in myriad ways by government regulation, funding and taxation. Thousands of children and families have already been harmed nationwide by politicians who have used these means to put ideology before compassion, solely because they disagreed with a provider’s religious views[ii].

One of them is Philadelphia’s oldest foster agency, Catholic Social Services (CSS), which has lived out its faith-driven commitment to vulnerable children for 200 years. Holding to Catholic doctrine, CSS places children with married heterosexual couples, and refers same-sex couples to other agencies citywide.  But to Democrat city officials, allegiance to LGBTQ orthodoxy far outweighed the needs of children caught in the system.  They shuttered CSS, denying children access to families still waiting to welcome them (freetofoster.com.)  Two heroic CSS foster moms have taken their case to the Supreme Court, where it will be heard November 4, 2020.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Laura Bryant Hanford