Biden supports Catholic and abortion rights. This puts him in the majority of American Catholics.

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President Joe Biden, like his Democratic predecessors, will mark the early days of his term by allegedly overturning the “Global Gag Rule,” a policy chaired by Ronald Reagan that outlaws all international organizations that support US foreign aid abortions Prohibits advocating access to clients in their own countries or providing clients with abortion services, referrals to other organizations that provide abortions or even informs about the existence of legal abortion programs.

But when it can be seen as a specific action of a Democratic president – the rule is lifted every time a Democrat replaces a Republican in the White House, only to be reinstated when a Republican wins the presidency. – This is particularly notable for some commentators at this time because Biden is a Roman Catholic practicing, and only the second to achieve the presidency after John F. Kennedy.

Commentators, both within and outside the Catholic faith, generally express (often autocratic) that a practice may advance Catholic pro-choice policies, but Biden’s positions – such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California and Senate President Pro Tempore. For example, Patrick Leahy, D-VT, points to a simple truth that is often overlooked: most American Catholics support the fertility option.

A poll of American Catholics during the 2020 election showed what many of us in the faith already knew: the top-line concern for Catholic Catholics is not that the church hierarchy and the media believe it, and ours is a broader one The majority does not want to see Roe Wee. Wade turned. In addition, Catholics are nearly twice as likely to vote for candidates who support policies that provide safe and legal abortions than those who fail to do so.

Catholics increasingly express their support for reproductive rights, and the bishops who claim to speak for us have little understanding of their people.

And, in fact, many practices of Catholics supporting reproductive rights often do not do so despite their faith, but because of it.

It is not only the right to care for sensitive people, but the obligation to actively privilege them for everyone is at the heart of the Catholic faith; It is the guiding principle of the Church’s work with the poor and marginalized. Policies such as the Global Gag Rule afflict the poorest of the poor, those who suffer from diseases related to reproductive health, those in rural areas with limited resources and who find themselves in a state of profound powerlessness.

Many Catholics are aware that the complete ban on abortion in various countries of Latin America, as well as previous prohibitions in countries such as Ireland and increasing restrictions in red states in the US, are not only harming vulnerable women and girls, but bar- The bars are more shocking. Affairs, killing them. May we never forget that abortion is legalized in the Republic of Ireland today due to the painful death of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion at Galway Hospital when she had an abortion in 2012.

What is shocking is not that Catholics are increasingly expressing their support for reproductive rights, but that the bishops who claim to speak for us have so little understanding of the people.

Most American Catholics support reproductive choice.

This is why Biden must go beyond an executive order to roll back the Global Gag Rule. He must commit to ending it permanently, and then work with the new congressional majority to reverse several additional steps taken by the Trump administration to pursue policies that restrict reproductive rights worldwide needed.

To do so, the US government can draw on examples from the international Catholic community – and, in particular, the women who are leading the charge. Biden can look at last year’s legislative efforts in Malawi to loosen abortion restrictions; Polish women regularly march in the streets to access abortion; Or the recent victory in Argentina to legalize abortion. All of these point to the fact that, when the struggle to protect human rights fully realized for all people – regardless of gender or reproductive status – has been taken over the world, Catholics make progress. Play an important role.

Advocating increasing access to the full range of reproductive health care in the United States and around the world, these cases of Catholics should look to reproductive choice for what they are: the building blocks of global change, not just appreciation.

There is no way to know what Catholics think by listening only (or even mostly) to the church hierarchy on abortion or fertility choice issues, nor to guide domestic or international health care policy. is. All over the world, people of all faith traditions are competing with an immediate increase in sexual and reproductive health of all people. The Biden administration must listen to their voices, and commit to achieving these most basic human rights.

When our government refuses to support these efforts – or worse, uses the language of religion to weaken them – we are not honoring the perceived faith of millions (millions of people of that faith alone) Disagree), but rather condemn millions upon millions of rising maternal deaths and poverty and wandering opportunities that come from the fact that more than half of the population does not have the right to make their own health care decisions.

As Catholics, we find it morally uncertain; As Americans, we know that our country can do better.

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