Joe Biden won the South Carolina Democratic Primary by some 30 percentage points over Bernie Sanders. Biden showed strength in the African-American community where he garnered 61% of the vote and among Christian voters. Although Joe has been a devote Catholic his entire life his commitment to life in the womb has waned and his current beliefs are more in line with the Pro-Choice advocates. He no longer supports the Hyde amendment that limits government funding of abortion services except in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at risk. Biden’s current stance is in direct opposition to the leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who continue to support a restriction on federal funding for abortions. Joe Biden backs the court decision on Roe v Wade and like his fellow Democratic presidential candidates is in favor of codifying the court’s ruling into federal law. The Democratic Party’s platform includes a pro-choice stance and Joe appears to have abandoned his Catholic morals for the “party line.” The Democrats attacked President Trump’s decision to remove federal funds to Planned Parenthood that were specifically used for abortions. Planned Parenthood is the leading provider of abortion services in the U.S. Although they provide other healthcare services to women, abortions are the most profitable “service” within the clinics. On the “pro-life” side of the issue, the President and his Republican colleagues have been the biggest champions for protecting life in the womb. The President enjoys widespread support among Evangelicals, largely due to his protection of all religions throughout the world and for the safety of life in the womb. The President has appointed hundreds of conservative judges to the federal courts and has gotten two like-minded Justices appointed to the Supreme Court. The Left believes that Trump’s ultimate goal is to reverse Roe v Wade.
Despite the ruling of Roe v Wade legalizing the right to abortion, restrictions on the procedure were left to state legislatures for final legislation. Last week however the Senate made an attempt to place federal restrictions on abortions. Two Republican abortion bills, one that would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks and another that would attempt to raise the standard of care for fetuses born alive after botched abortions were both rejected by the Democrats. The first bill, The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would have made it illegal to perform an abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of incest, rape or life of the mother at risk. Pro-life advocates have argued that a fetus has the appropriate nervous system development to feel pain at 20 weeks of conception. Senator Lindsey Graham, who introduced the bill ridiculed his fellow Senators in a tweet, “There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period, including China and North Korea. “The United States should NOT be in that club.” Republicans could not muster the votes to overcome a filibuster on this bill. Senate Democrats successfully blocked a vote on another bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, that would have required abortion providers to make every effort to “preserve the life and health” of a fetus born alive after a botched abortion. Senator Ben Sasse, the bill’s sponsor, argued that “nothing in this bill touches abortion access,” it is solely about protecting “babies that have already been born.“ It is easy to see why President Trump and the Republicans have the support of Evangelicals. Although Dems like to attack the President’s speech and manners, it is his actions that show his concern for life and the need to protect it.