U.S. Catholic bishops have raised their voices against the House’s passage of the $1.9 trillion CCP Virus relief bill, denouncing the bill as facilitating and funding the destruction of life.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 10, Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairmen of six USCCB committees and his fellow bishops, expressed their support for the provisions that would help those in need, but they were also critical of the bill’s lack of protections for the unborn.
The bishops said that they are grateful that many positive provisions in the legislation will help regions stricken by CCP Virus, conflict, and hunger, and some provisions even will save people from extremely desperate situations and will likely save lives.
“However, it is unconscionable that Congress has passed the bill without critical protections needed to ensure that billions of taxpayer dollars are used for life-affirming health care and not for abortion,” they wrote.
The bill includes disbursements of more than $400 billion to various agencies and groups in the United States and abroad without the protection of the Hyde Amendment or the Helms Amendment, two amendments prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortions that have earned bipartisan support since the 1970s, according to CNS News.
The amendments were not attached to the legislation despite efforts by Republicans to do so. Thus, a bill written to supposedly address the CCP Virus, will pay for abortions and abortion advocacy.
The bishops said that, unlike the previous relief bills, the sponsors of the new bill refused to include the longstanding, bipartisan consensus policy to prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions domestically and internationally.
“The many important, lifesaving provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act have been undermined because it facilitates and funds the destruction of life, which is antithetical to its aim of protecting the most vulnerable Americans in a time of crisis,” the bishops concluded.
After the House passed the Democrat-crafted bill earlier on Wednesday in a party-line vote, President Joe Biden, a pro-abortion Catholic, signed the legislation into law on Thursday, a day earlier than planned.
Late last week, a group deemed Pro-Life evangelicals for Biden also slammed at the Biden administration for supporting the CCP Virus relief bill that excludes the measure preventing taxes from support abortion, saying they “feel used and betrayed.”