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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pro-life advocates are blasting presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for claiming abortion is "essential health care."
At a virtual town hall event on Tuesday with Hillary Clinton present, the former vice president and self-proclaimed Catholic asserted, "Finally, we need to ensure that women have access to all health services during this crisis." He added," abortion is an essential health care service." Biden then went on to accuse pro-life groups of using child-killing "as a political wedge right now, and it shouldn't be."
"Joe Biden will sacrifice anything to protect the abortion industry — including Catholic values," Kimberlyn Schwartz, Texas Right to Life director of media and communication, told Church Militant on Thursday. "Biden wants to spend Americans' tax dollars on unlimited late-term abortions," she lamented. "He should not call himself a Christian."
Lynn Mills of Pro-life Action League and Pro-life Detroit told Church Militant that "Joe Biden has become a sad and painful example of 'Catholic Judas' in America today in order climb the political ladder."
Mills added, "He has sold his soul for political expediency, much like Planned Parenthood sold baby body parts for profit." She pointed out the Scripture verse, Mark 8:36, which reads, "What shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications for Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) responded to Church Militant with a statement from SBA List's president Marjorie Dannenfelser.
"Abortion is not health care and Joe Biden's exploitation of the COVID-19 crisis to promote abortion on demand is shameful," said Dannenfelser. "Biden has once again proven that he stands for abortion on demand through the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayers."
Dannenfelser sees Biden as going the extra mile to appease the radicals that now lead what many call the Party of Death: "He has not only aligned himself with the failed agenda of Hillary Clinton ... [but] he has raced further to the left than any nominee before him in his bid to appease the radical abortion lobby."
Recalling the old mantra Democrats used to rationalize abortion, Dannenfelser added, "Democrats used to call for abortion to be 'safe, legal and rare,' and now they deem abortion on demand at all costs 'essential' even during a pandemic."
The SBA List president assured pro-lifers that "SBA List is working tirelessly to mobilize every pro-life voter in this crucial election, including pro-life Democrats and Independents alienated by the Democratic Party, to defeat Joe Biden and re-elect President Trump, the most pro-life president in history."
Christine Harrington is a pro-life speaker, activist and facilitator for Rachel's Vineyard, which aids women post-abortion. She courageously told her own story to Church Militant back in January. Harrington compares Biden's stand on abortion with his marked silence on Church closures. She told Church Militant, "As a Catholic what offends me the most about what Joe Biden said is that a fellow Catholic will put abortion as essential above declaring the Catholic Church Mass as essential."
Both abortion and Mass are centered on the words "This is my body," but obviously in each they hold diametrically different meanings.
"Joe Biden considers killing life as essential but feeding the soul through the sacraments as not essential," Harrington said. "As a post-abortive woman, it's essential that I feed my soul [and] make reparations for what I did in order to prevent me from slipping into depression," she admitted. "There's deep healing by using all the tools Jesus gave us! Joe Biden doesn't get the damage abortion causes or simply doesn't care."
On a more practical note, Harrington mentioned to Church Militant that "a friend's husband has been waiting six weeks to have a chemotherapy port removed from his chest," and that "he's been having problems with it — but because of COVID-19 he can't get it removed," she said. "Yet, a woman can walk into an abortion clinic and kill life."
Joe Biden for years has been instrumental in the senate and as vice president in maintaining legal abortion, giving support to same-sex "marriage," and defending gender ideology. "There are at least three," was Biden's response to a reporter's inquiry on how many genders there are.