• Richard Easson

Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden Feel “Betrayed” by Pro-Abortion President

Given the headline, I’m sure you’re confused. Probably just as confused as I was when I read the open letter the group “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” tweeted.

In their “Open Letter on The American Recovery Act,” the group of pro-life evangelicals that came together to throw their support behind Joe Biden expressed shock and dismay at the fact that the man at the helm of the party is using taxpayer money to fund abortions.

You don’t say.

On their website, the group discussed their support for then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and put out a petition encouraging fellow believers to also support Biden in his run for the White House.

The group said, "As pro-life evangelicals, we disagree with Vice President Biden and the Democratic platform on the issue of abortion, but we believe a biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of human life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctity of life from beginning to end."

They also said that they were concerned about racism, health care, poverty, and the minimum wage.

"We believe that on balance, Joe Biden's policies are more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump," they said. "Therefore, even as we continue to urge different policies on abortion, we urge evangelicals to elect Joe Biden as president."

In the open letter that was posted to Twitter over the weekend, the group said they feel “used and betrayed” by the administration. They specifically pointed to the COVID relief package passed by the Senate that excludes the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer money from going toward abortions.

"As pro-life leaders in the evangelical community, we publicly supported President Biden's candidacy with the understanding that there would be engagement [with] us on the issue of abortion and particularly the Hyde Amendment," the open letter said. "The Biden team wanted to talk to us during the campaign to gain our support, and we gave it on the condition there would be active dialogue and common ground solutions on the issue of abortion. There has been no dialogue since the campaign."

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m not exactly sure where they heard that the Biden administration, let alone Democrats, would defund Planned Parenthood and abortions.

The Biden campaign website explicitly said that the then-campaigning Biden group supported repealing the Hyde Amendment.

What’s more, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused last month to answer at a press conference whether or not “millions” from the relief package would go toward funding abortions.

"We feel used and betrayed and have no intention of simply watching these kinds of efforts happen from the sidelines," the group’s letter said. "Many evangelicals and Catholics took risks to support Biden publicly. President Biden and Democrats need to honor their courage."

Again, I’m not exactly sure where they got the notion that the Democratic Party was anti-abortion, especially the party that currently sits in all three branches of government, so I can’t really express sympathy for their feeling of being “used and betrayed.” Maybe try even a little bit of research next time?