Joe Biden’s Massachusetts

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On Thursday November 12, Pope Francis telephoned candidate Joe Biden to congratulate him on his apparent presidential victory, albeit one still vigorously challenged in several states by President Donald Trump.

According to the Catholic News Agency, “President-elect Joe Biden spoke this morning with His Holiness Pope Francis. The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness’ leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation, and the common bonds of humanity around the world,” said a release from the Biden-Harris transition team. 

Whatever those “common bonds of humanity” mentioned by Biden, they definitely exclude unborn babies. At the very moment Biden was waxing eloquent with His Holiness, Biden’s strongest supporters in Massachusetts were passing a piece of legislation added to the state budget under the banal title of Amendment 759.

Condemned by critics as “the infanticide act,” Amendment 759 stretches the time limits on abortion up to — and some say beyond — the moment of birth. It also attacks the longstanding rights of parents by lowering the age at which an individual can legally abort without parental consent by two years, from 18 to 16 years old.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the other Catholic bishops of Massachusetts issued a statement denouncing the bill. The bishops stated unequivocally: “life itself starts at conception.”  They noted the deeply troubling provisions of the legislation permitting abortion “under certain circumstances for the full term of the pregnancy.”

The bishops urged legislators to vote down the abortion bill. Their effort was to no avail. The “Biden Team” of Beacon Hill Democrats voted overwhelmingly to expand abortion laws in Massachusetts. The House of Representatives approved the measure by a vote of 108 to 49. Of those 108 state representatives, a total of 107 are Joe Biden Democrats. That’s not surprising when one realizes that Biden swept Massachusetts with a landslide of more than 65% of the popular vote over President Trump, among the Democrat contender’s widest margins, even eclipsing his support in his home state of Delaware.

In addition to the all-powerful Democrat Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, other allies supporting the legislation included the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, and NARAL Pro-Choice of Massachusetts. Joining with those groups and countering the Catholic bishops in no uncertain terms, DeLeo said, “I’m proud of the House vote to remove barriers to women’s reproductive health options and protect the concepts enshrined in Roe v. Wade.”

One can only imagine the gleeful chortling in the Biden camp when they celebrated their abortion win, while reading such headlines as this from the Catholic News Service:  “Pope Francis calls Biden to congratulate him on winning presidential election.” 

That’s right. On the same day Biden’s minions were pushing through an extreme piece of pro-abortion legislation in the Bay State, their leader was coincidentally schmoozing the Pontiff on a transatlantic telephone call. 

According to the Biden campaign, the candidate “expressed his desire to work together on the basis of a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind on issues such as caring for the marginalized and the poor, addressing the crisis of climate change, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities.”

Notably missing from the Biden statement was any mention of protecting the unborn. Of course, that would have led to an awkward conversation, as Biden has moved from lukewarm approval to all-out advocacy of abortion. And he hasn’t stopped there. Not only has he picked a fight with the Little Sisters of the Poor over his forcing them to pay for contraception, but Biden also now demands that all Catholic and other pro-life taxpayers fund abortions. This represents a clear-cut leftward shift for the former Delaware senator, who once opposed taxpayer-funded abortion.

Additionally, Biden has pledged to support and sign national legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade and will complement the Abortion/Infanticide Amendment 759 of Massachusetts. 

One hardly supposes that he bragged to Pope Francis about his team’s most recent abortion victory in the Commonwealth. Perhaps during his next conversation with the Vatican, Biden could explain why he precludes unborn babies from his crimped ideological definition of “the marginalized” and “the dignity of all humankind.”

Joe Biden has baselessly claimed that he wants to unify the country. In reality, he is foisting upon all Americans the most extreme pro-abortion administration in the nation’s history. He has falsely claimed to be fighting a “battle for the soul of the nation.” In truth, Biden is intentionally ignoring the sound of the heartbeats of innumerable unborn babies, while corrupting the souls of all Americans whom he would force to pay for taxpayer-funded abortions. 

Today sadly it’s Joe Biden’s Massachusetts; tomorrow tragically it’s his America.


Joseph Tortelli is a freelance writer. Read other columns by Mr. Tortelli here.