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Empowering you to build a pro-life, pro-family world.

Empowering you to build a pro-life, pro-family world.

How to Defend Life Under a Biden Presidency

Two weeks ago I wrote some words of encouragement, noting that even should Biden win the election, there is much that the pro-life and pro-family movements can do to save lives, and restore sanity to our culture. More importantly, I noted that as Christians our hopes do not rest in worldly leaders. Whatever happens in the transient world of politics, our hope rests secure in the victory of Jesus Christ.

Nevertheless, neither do I advocate denialism or baseless optimism. The prophet Daniel faced down the lions in the pit, and came through unscathed thanks to the protection of God’s angel. But, at no point did he deny the existence of the lions. Again, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remained peaceful when Nebuchadnezzar cast them into a fiery furnace. However, though another of God’s angels kept them safe, at no point did they deny the existence of the fire.

The lions and the fire were very real, though God’s power overcame them. So, too, with the threats to life and family posed by corrupt political leaders and governments. With God’s strength, we can overcome these too; but we must acknowledge them for what they are, and face them head on.

Elections have consequences. Should we find ourselves confronted with a Biden presidency, many things will change for the worse. If we are to stay the course under a Biden administration, we must acknowledge the difficulties in the road ahead, and develop a battle plan to counteract the worst of them.

A Flood of Executive Orders

If Biden is inaugurated as president on Jan. 20, we can expect the assaults on life and family to begin almost immediately.

The first thing to expect will be a flood of executive orders, undoing many if not all of the pro-life advances under the Trump administration. Biden has publicized a list of these orders, leaving no doubt about what he plans to do.

One of these orders will be to immediately rescind the Mexico City Policy. This policy prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding from being used to perform or promote abortion overseas. The policy has been subject to political ping pong ever since Reagan put it in place in 1984. Democrat administrations have repealed it in their first days in office, and Republican administrations have just as promptly reinstated it. With a Biden administration, it will once again be gone, and U.S. government funding will start flowing to radical pro-abortion groups overseas.

A second Biden order will immediately restore Title X funding to Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood did continue to receive hundreds of millions of dollars of government funding throughout the Trump administration, which was allotted to it by Congress in normal appropriations bills. However, the Trump administration found a backdoor method to deprive the organization of a portion of its funding, by barring any organization that provides or refers for abortions from receiving the funds. This amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in lost government funding. Biden will immediately reverse that ban.

Additionally, Biden has vowed to restore the abortifacient contraception mandate to Obamacare. This mandate requires employers – including religious employers – to provide health insurance that covers contraception, including some abortifacient drugs, to their employees. Many religious employers have objected that funding such programs amounts to a serious violation of their conscience rights. Trump issued an executive order protecting such religious employers, including the Little Sisters of the Poor – the order of Catholic religious sisters who were the primary plaintiffs in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Biden will also immediately begin funding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Trump administration, like previous GOP administrations, revoked funding for this organization, based upon piles of evidence that UNFPA is a radical population-control group. In some cases, including in China, the UNFPA has been caught actively participating in forced sterilization and abortion programs.

During the November meeting of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Archbishop José Gomez who serves as USCCB president, seeing the difficulties of a Biden presidency, warned the Conference saying, “He has also given us reason to believe that he will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include: the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe vs. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our preeminent priority of the elimination of abortion.”

Archbishop Gomez added that Biden has indicated his support for “the restoration of the HHS mandate, the passage of the Equality Act, and the unequal treatment of Catholic schools.” He continued saying, “These policies pose a serious threat to the common good, whenever any politician supports them. We have long opposed these policies strongly, and we will continue to do so.… But when politicians who profess the Catholic faith support them, there are additional problems. Among other things, it creates confusion among the faithful about what the Church actually teaches on these questions.”

Personnel is Policy

If one of the most impactful pro-life things the Trump administration did was nominate huge numbers of pro-life, conservative judges, you can be sure that the Biden administration will begin nominating equally pro-abortion judges. In fact, if there is one thing that Democrats have shown, is that they are even more brazen than Republicans in creating an abortion ‘litmus test’ for their judges.

GOP judicial nominees often have to delicately tiptoe around the abortion issue at their confirmation hearings, carefully disguising their personal opinion about Roe v. Wade with vague judicial speech about “respecting the constitution” or “judging each case based upon its merits.” One result is that often conservatives can’t be quite sure that Republican judicial nominees actually are pro-life.

Democratic judicial nominees often do not feel themselves similarly constrained. Ruth Bader Ginsburg set the example at her confirmation hearing in 1993, when she forthrightly endorsed abortion. What this means is that Democrat-appointed judges are often unapologetically ideological on abortion. And we can expect a Biden-Harris administration to apply the Democratic abortion litmus test widely.

Within presidential administrations, personnel often is policy. We’ve seen this throughout the Trump administration. With so many committed pro-lifers in the White House, or representing the U.S. at the UN, or in embassies, there were all manner of quiet, but significant pro-life victories in the country and around the world. Pro-life personnel in the Trump administration forged alliances with pro-life countries around the world, encouraging them, and strategizing how to create a Culture of Life.

Biden is already indicating that his personnel choices will be anything but pro-life. He has announced that Ron Klain will serve as his White House Chief of Staff. Klain, Biden’s chief of staff while he was VP, is strongly pro-abortion. He has repeatedly praised the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), one of the most extreme pro-abortion organizations in the country. On one occasion he tweeted out to NARAL president Ilyse Hogue, that he is just “a soldier in your army.” In other words, he’s militantly pro-abortion.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the radically pro-abortion and anti-family appointments we can expect in the Biden-Harris cabinet and all throughout the administration. It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood enthusiastically endorsed Biden for president. “We can count on Joe Biden to fight for our health and rights, and take decisive action to undo the damage of Donald Trump’s presidency,” they stated in their official endorsement.

A “Time to Heal”?

Pro-life organizations have warned that a Biden-Harris administration would be “the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in American history,” in the words of Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

The last thing this country needs right now is a radically pro-abortion, anti-family and militantly “progressive” administration. We are already experiencing rock-bottom birth rates in our country, well below replacement level. Divorce and family breakdown are endemic. Good Christian families feel themselves under assault from increasingly brazen LGBT and anti-life propaganda in public schools.

A huge number of liberal media outlets have been claiming that with Biden in office it is a “time to heal.” This, unfortunately, is based upon a painfully superficial judgment that Biden is simply a “nicer” person than Trump, and that this niceness will somehow bring people together. But while Biden’s presentation may be smoother and more folksy that Trump’s, that smoothness does not indicate any substantial wholesomeness. It is a facade.

How can our country heal, when the ruling administration believes that a particular class of human beings – preborn children – do not possess the right to life; or when they believe that anyone who holds certain beliefs must be forced to change their minds, or be punished (as with the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor)?

How to Get Things Done

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. I do not say any of the above to depress you. These are simply the realities of the situation, should Biden clinch the presidency. The pro-life movement had four years of close access to the president and the White House. This was a blessing that made certain things a lot easier. It was also deeply encouraging for the whole movement.

However, it would be a mistake to think that we need access to the seat of power to get things done. That is the great strength of the pro-life movement. It is a vast, grassroots movement that accomplishes great things without waiting for support or permission from those in power.

We don’t need a pro-life president for us to go stand and pray outside abortion clinics. We don’t need a pro-life president for us to pool together our resources and start up a local crisis pregnancy center. We don’t need a pro-life president for us to fast and pray for an end to the stain of abortion and all acts of violence against the dignity of human life; to adopt a child heroically saved from the violence of abortion; to counsel a fearful mother; to propose and lobby for legislation at the state level; to expose the crimes of abortionists; to go to the March for Life; to begin a pro-life group; to write letters to our Congressmen and Senators; to teach our children to value and treasure life; to start a Christian school where we can teach about the Culture of Life; etc. etc.

As I urged you several weeks ago, do not despair. Do not be afraid. There is great reason for hope. Christ has won the victory. The rest is mop up work. Sometimes this work may be difficult and discouraging. But we can always look ahead, knowing that the greater work has been done for us. Christ made the ultimate sacrifice. We need only reap the fruits of His labors.



About Fr. Shenan J. Boquet

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries, offering the Sacraments, giving seminars and trainings, appearing on numerous media outlets, and encouraging people of all walks of life to live as faithful advocates for a Culture of Life and Love. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing hli@hli.org.

10 Comments

  1. Juan Buzo on November 23, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    I am a regular donor to HLI, and I appreciate this column by Fr Boquet.

    But let’s be honest. When Abp. Gomez said that Biden has supported “policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics,” he used the weakest language possible.

    These are not just “values we hold dear,” like Uncle Tony’s old prayer card or Granpa’s old rosary that we cherish, but which others may not.

    What he should have said is that Biden and his child-killing Democrats have mounted an assault on the natural moral law, mortally sinning against God and humanity.

    Indeed, the Abp. praised Biden for his immigration policies, etc., as if those policies could provide moral cover for abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and other mortal sins that the Dems support.

    By not speaking clearly, the Abp. allowed several other bishops to voice support for Biden, further confusing the faithful.

    From this we must conclude that the problem is not simply with our political leadership, but our Church leadership. The smoke of Satan has indeed entered the Church.

  2. Bob A on November 23, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    God Bless Father!

    I heard a wonderful homily at a Mass on EWTN. The priest said “No” to “unity” when it involves supporting opposition to God’s laws. “You shall not murder” is one of His laws. And God told Cain “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground” after Cain murdered Abel. Mrs Harris is on record as calling the Knights of Columbus a “hate group” I say “No!” to unity with that as well.

  3. Cam Pepe on November 23, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    11-23-20

    Dear Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, and all who read this:

    JOE BIDEN DID NOT WIN AS PRESIDENT. IT IS AGAINST U.S.
    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW FOR ASSOCIATED PRESS TO DECLARE
    WHO WON ANY ELECTION, ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT’S
    ELECTION. THEY FRAUDULENTLY WERE PRESENT FOR COUNTING
    THE VOTES, AND THEN DECLARING A WINNER.

    IT IS THE TOTAL OF LEGAL VOTES — IN PERSON, AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS,
    WHICH ARE TO BE COUNTED BY HOUSE AND SENATE IN EACH STATE, THEN
    ACCORDING TO THE TOTAL, OF POPULAR VOTE FOR EACH STATE, ELECTORS
    ARE CHOSEN AND THEN THEY VOTE, AND SENATE PRESIDENT COUNTS THE
    ELECTORS BALLOTS IN FRONT OF HOUSE AND SENATE IN U.S. CONGRESS,
    THEN SENATE PRESIDENT LETS HOUSE AND SENATE KNOW WHO WON.
    THEN SENATE PRESIDENT NOTIFIES PUBLIC AS TO WHO WON THE PRESIDENCY.

    LEGALLY, BIDEN IS NOT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. ACCORDING TO AP AND OTHER
    EVIL MEDIA, BIDEN IS THE WINNER.

    N.C. declared that President Trump won all the Electors’ votes. It was in the News &
    Record Newspaper.

    When ALL LEGAL Votes are counted, then who won as President is announced. One will
    find that We the People of the U.S. chose President Trump, over someone who would be a
    front man, Biden, who is behind him running the country. Ask AP who that is. Their reporters
    were allowed to remain in China, in March, 2020. Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and
    two other medias’ reporters were all asked to leave China. China did research and caused the
    Coronavirus. They researched bats who had coronavirus and wanted to see whether that virus
    could be transferred to humans. It was. And those scientists from other countries who were
    helping them in this research, went back home. One lived in Seattle, WA., who traveled through
    Italy, then NYC, then on to Seattle, WA. One went to Japan; One went to Sydney, Australia.
    One person went to South Korea, and deliberately went into a crowed Church of 1,000 people
    and spread the virus that way. South Korea traced all the people who came in contact with that
    woman, and they were all quarantined.

    I got a ride from a person who worked at the polls. I noticed she had ballots in her car,
    marked” “Sample Ballots to be Shredded”. Were they sample ballots or real ballots. I was
    told no poll worker is to take ballots home to be shredded. The election board has their
    own shredders. This person wanted Biden to win. Were those ballots from people who
    voted for President Trump?

    Our job as Christians are to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.

    PRAY: “THAT EVIL IS EXPOSED BY THE lIGHT OF THE hOLY SPIRIT AND THAT
    RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ACTED UPON.

  4. Terrg on November 23, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    The bishops helped Biden by not telling Catholics that it is a mortal sin to vote for someone who is for abortion and for so called homosexual marriage.

  5. Fe Hester on November 24, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    Absolutely 100‰ true!!
    Thank you, endlessly, Fr Shenan Bouquet, for all you do around the world, to defend the unborn, and their rightt to live…and to protect and encourage family and love!! I appreciate you beyond words!
    You are a true servant and follower of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ!!!
    Million thanks and appreciation as well to all pro-lifers. pro-family, and pro-love brothers and sisters in Christ!! Together, we can make a difference and -rescue from the clutches of……(and if possible, put an end to) the abortion, anti-family, and anti-love evils all around us!!!

  6. Sharon Gallivan on November 24, 2020 at 4:39 PM

    I refuse to believe that God will allow Biden to be the president….it just won’t happen! Praying daily for President Trump to remain in office for 4 more years. If Biden does get sworn in, it’s because the election was stolen!!!

  7. Rose Dyson RN, PhD on November 27, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    As an operating room nurse always having to avoid the pregnancy termination assignment, I was so grateful when Trump, a non-Catholic president, attended the March fo Life rally in DC. I was further heartened when he defended the Sisters of Life against Obama’s disgusting mandate to pay for abortion for their employees.

    I attended Catholic Nursing School in NY and I had 5 nuns in class with me; 2 of which were Sisters of Life. We were taught to baptize the fetus after the mother suffered a miscarriage. and this was before Roe vs Wade became the law. I believed God was finally looking kindly on the USA until Biden was elected.I pray the rosary every night hoping God will help Trump’s lawyers find the error in the machines which led to Biden’s victory.

    The country was on the right track and now we have to go backwards unless this is overturned before January.

    I am further astounded by the Pope’s congratulatory message to Biden, even though I know the Pope’s focus is on refugees.I haven’t seen the Pope take refugees into Vatican City. If he feels so strongly, the Pope could mandate that heated tents be erected in the vatican until further disposition can be achieved with surrounding countries.

  8. Gerard Pinkas on November 30, 2020 at 8:39 PM

    I go to Mass and make a holy hour nearly every day. I rarely see a Knight of Columbus and the perpetual adoration chapel is nearly empty where I go except for a few regular visitors.
    WHERE ARE YOU KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS?? It is your duty as a knight to be on the front line of this war on human life. The chapels, all of them, should be filled with you in this time of moral crisis. The honor of knighthood demands your presence.
    Men should be fighting in this grave spiritual war for their wives and children, for the honor of the Bride of Christ! Get off your tails and onto your knees! Man the ranks of the army of Holy Mother Church!

  9. Jean McDonnell on December 11, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Thank you for this article.If Mr.Biden becomes President (God forbid) I firmly believe that Catholics and other prolifers should file a class action suit to allow us to withhold the pay’t of taxes to the gov’t because that $ would be used to fund abortion. The practice of our faith prohibits us from performing, procuring or providing formal material assistance (paying for) an abortion). The “choice” argument dissolves if citizens are coerced into participating in the act of abortion (both surgical and chemical) by being forced to fund it. The inalienable right to life and the constitutional right to practice our religion are both being denied. I am not an expert in law or history ——-but some cases in the past have allowed that religious beliefs (pacifism) allowed adherents to provide non-combat support in lieu of participating in combat. We could provide contributions to agencies providing needed services in keeping with our religious practice as our monetary support for the general welfare of others. I think that as individuals and organizations we have tried to advance the respect for life cause. However, the assault on the right to life and the right to religious freedom is escalating and requires bold action. A coalition of local, state and national organizations representing the millions of pro-life Americans could join together to insist that our voices be heard. I feel confidant that an alliance of organizations like Human Life International, The Thomas More Society , Priests for Life and so many others could band together to speak as they always do in defense of the innocent unborn and the right to religious freedom. God Bless you ….and if possible please give me a response . Thank you .

  10. Corey on January 20, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    2 hours in and your article was on the point! 2 hours and executive orders already being written.

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