(CNS News) -- On Jan. 28, Democratic President Joe Biden signed an executive order that rescinds the Mexico City Policy and the Promoting Life in Global Health policy, both of which prevented federal funds from going to groups that promote and provide abortions overseas. Bishops with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) condemned Biden's actions as furthering the "destruction of human lives in developing nations."
“It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations," said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop David J. Malloy, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace."
"This Executive Order is antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching," they said in their statement. "We and our brother bishops strongly oppose this action. We urge the President to use his office for good, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including unborn children."
"As the largest non-government health care provider in the world, the Catholic Church stands ready to work with him and his administration to promote global women’s health in a manner that furthers integral human development, safeguarding innate human rights and the dignity of every human life, beginning in the womb," said the Catholic bishops.
"To serve our brothers and sisters with respect, it is imperative that care begin with ensuring that the unborn are free from violence, recognizing every person as a child of God," they added. "We hope the new administration will work with us to meet these significant needs.”
Although Joe Biden claims to be a Catholic, he supports abortion on demand, "gay marriage," gay adoption, IVF (in which human embryos are destroyed or frozen), and other practices that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic teaching.
As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in The Gospel of Life, "Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. ... In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to 'take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it.'"
Joe Biden claims he is personally opposed to abortion but does not think he can impose his views on other Americans. However, he promotes and uses his authority to broaden abortion in the U.S. and abroad, as his executive orders demonstrate.