Colorado’s Pro-Life Bishops

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by Joseph Enders  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 8, 2021   

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DENVER (ChurchMilitant.com) - Colorado's Catholic Conference (CCC) is commanding Congress to shut down its expansion of abortion.

Bishops in the state coalesced Wednesday for a joint statement ordering the House Appropriations Committee to abandon all consideration of Biden's 2022 budget proposal. They warn the committee that this budget removes several pro-life provisions — including the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. The bishops warned:

The Hyde Amendment and other federal pro-life policies have saved the lives of pre-born children for decades. The Charlotte Loizer Institute estimates that Hyde alone saves over 60,000 pre-born lives every year.

The proposals of President Joe Biden, who professes Catholicism, and House Democratic leadership not only endanger the lives of tens of thousands of pre-born children, they also run contrary to public opinion.

The prelates cite a Marist poll from January to prove this claim. When asked, "Please tell me if you strongly support, support, oppose, or strongly oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman's abortion," 58% of Americans said they opposed taxpayer funding of abortion. Only 38% supported it. This study corroborated numbers from 2016, which showed likely U.S. voters opposed Medicaid funding of abortion by a 22-point margin — 58% to 36%.

Colorado prelates are directing faithful Catholics to sign a petition by July 16 — setting a goal of 1 million signatures. They hope the petition will "send Congress a message that Catholics across the United States reject their efforts to remove federal protections for pre-born children."

Readers are also directed to a June statement from the CCC — one specifically focused on condemning Biden and his administration for proposing the removal of the Hyde Amendment:

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, has received bipartisan support from presidents and congressional leaders since it was passed in 1976. The provision, which is attached to the annual appropriations bill, must be approved by Congress each year. Although it has been modified to include an exception for cases of rape and incest, the Hyde Amendment has been successfully passed every year since 1976 — including by pro-choice administrations. Despite this bipartisan support, the Biden Administration is proactively attempting to eliminate it this year.

Denver archbishop Samuel Aquila has been a vocal critic of Biden's abortion views, and several faithful supporters of Colorado's bishops believe he is leading the episcopal pro-life push.

Aquila backed efforts by Abp. Salvatore Cordileone earlier this year pressing U.S. bishops to consider banning the anti-life Biden from receiving Holy Communion. He was also among the first to consider this ban back in December 2020 — alongside former Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput. 

"Archbishop Chaput speaks the truth for the salvation of souls," Aquila declared. "The scandal & confusion are real & when we don't treat the Eucharist with love & reverence our faith is weakened in the real presence."

Colorado's shepherds are proving themselves devoted to combating the anti-life agenda proposed by congressional Democrats and the unelected and phony Catholic Joe Biden. They are setting an example for prelates who are unwilling, or too afraid, to stand against pro-abortion politicians.

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