This is an ongoing documentation of President Biden’s policies that clash with Catholic teachings.
October 8, 2021—President Biden announced that he would nominate former U.S. Senator Joseph Donnelly to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Though described by many as a “pro-life Catholic”, Donnelly continually went against Catholic teachings on abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty, and school choice while in Congress.
October 7, 2021— A Federal District Court judge in Texas granted an injunction that prevented the Texas fetal heartbeat law from going into effect. The ruling was the result of a motion filed by Biden’s Department of Justice on September 14 that sought to block the enforcement of the bill. Both the Justice Department and President Biden praised the judge’s decision.
October 4, 2021—The Biden Administration announced the rescinding of a Trump-era rule that prohibited family planning clinics that receive Title X federal funding from providing referrals to abortions. Trump’s rule was a major safeguard for the protection of the sanctity of life and is yet another example of the steps Biden has taken to allow for increased access to taxpayer funded abortion.
September 20, 2021— Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration objecting to the EEOC’s workplace guidelines on transgender persons. The lawsuit states that the guidelines, which require employers to accommodate employees based on their gender identity, violate the religious liberty rights of Texans by forcing faith based businesses to allow employees to use facilities that are opposite their biological sex.
September 20, 2021— The Biden Administration released a statement in support of H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, a bill that goes beyond codifying Roe v. Wade. This bill would threaten the rights of doctors, nurses, and religiously affiliated hospitals to not violate their moral or religious convictions and also prevent states from enacting policies that protect children after they can survive outside the womb. In the statement, the Biden Administration said the President, “looks forward to working with Congress as the Women’s Health Protection Act advances through the legislative process.”
September 17, 2021—In response to Biden’s call for a whole-of-government approach to fight the Texas heartbeat law, Biden’s HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra will increase abortion access by 1) allowing for increased Title X funding for providers of abortion and contraceptive services, 2) extending the Church Amendment protections designed to protect the conscience rights of health-care workers so that they are not forced to provide and abortion, to abortionists ensuring they do not force employment discrimination for their actions, and 3) reinstating the Enforcement of Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), which allows physicians to perform abortions if they deem it an emergency regardless of state or federal restrictions.
In September 2021, the USCCB took several actions to urge the Biden Administration and Congress to keep Hyde Amendment protections in their $3.5 trillion spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act:
- September 7, 2021 — On behalf of the USCCB, the chairmen of several USCCB committees sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress urging that the spending bill include, “the longstanding Hyde Amendment principle of not funding elective abortions.” The letter further emphasized that “the destruction of human life through abortion is not a form of health care, and taxpayers should not be compelled to fund it.”
- September 13, 2021 — Archbishops Joseph Naumann and Paul S. Coakley, Chairmen of the USCCB committees on Pro-Life Activities and Domestic Justice and Human Development respectively, sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce urging them to keep protections from federal abortion funding in their markup of the spending bill. The bishops’ request was not heard as the committees advanced the bill without these protections.
- September 17, 2021 — In response to the omission, the USCCB released a statement on denouncing the committees’ decision, saying that “Congress can, and must, turn back from including taxpayer funding of abortion, in the Build Back Better Act.”
September 2, 2021—President Biden went directly against the Catholic Church’s teaching on life when he said he doesn’t believe that “life begins at the moment of conception.”
August 19, 2021—The Department of Education announced that it would be rescinding parts of a Trump Administration rule that provided religious exemptions to faith-based organizations on public colleges and universities. The potential changes could exclude Christian organizations that believe in Judeo-Christian values from being funded by their university.
August 12, 2021 — Biden’s Department of Justice dismissed a 2019 case against the Vermont Medical Center that violated the religious freedom of an employee. The case was filed during the Trump Administration after the HHS Office of Civil Rights found that the medical center forced a nurse to participate in an abortion against her conscience-based beliefs.
July 29, 2021—For the first time in 45 years, the U.S. House passed a budget that does not include the Hyde Amendment, an amendment which prohibits the usage of Federal funds to pay for abortions. This move is in line with President Biden who has, on several occasions, emphatically supported the removal of the Hyde Amendment.
July 23, 2021—As part of the Biden Administration’s Working Group on Safety, Inclusion, and Opportunity for Transgender Individuals, the White House hosted a Roundtable with transgender women of color advocates to discuss policy recommendations that would benefit transgender people of color. The meeting featured activists from several transgender activist organizations—most notably of the Human Rights Campaign—and emphasized the Administration’s mission to “take an intersectional approach to advancing gender equity and racial justice.”
July 12, 2021—In keeping with President Biden’s proposed budget, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies advanced a spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services that excludes Hyde Amendment protections that ban federal funding of abortion.
June 30, 2021—White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki hosted a virtual conference for transgender equality. The almost 2 hour conference featured transgender advocates that “share[d] stories about the impact that state-level anti-transgender legislation has had on their wellbeing.”
June 30, 2021—The White House Domestic Policy Council and Gender Policy Council announced the establishment of Interagency Working Group to review policies that “are upstream drivers of violence and poverty for transgender individuals, including homelessness, employment discrimination.” This could threaten the religious protections for groups and individuals that place persons in housing based on their sex and not their gender identity.
June 30, 2021—The State Department announced that transgender persons will now have the option to update their gender markers on federal passports to correspond with their gender identity. In addition, the Department will also be adding a third gender option to passports for “gender non-conforming, non-binary and intersex Americans.”
June 25, 2021—In remarks commemorating Pride Month, President Biden said that he was “proud to lead the most pro-LGBTQ equality administration in U.S. history.” The same day he signed an executive order requiring Federal agencies to provide support and resources for “transgender and gender non-conforming and non-binary employees who wish to legally, medically, or socially transition.”
June 16, 2021—The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) denied the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status of a Texas based Christian non-profit for promoting Christian teachings on life, marriage, and biblical justice. The IRS concluded that these Christian teachings were only representative of the Republican party and thus the non-profit engaged in political affiliation.
June 16, 2021—In adherence to President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order on the Federal implementation of the Bostock decision, The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a notice of interpretation that will include sexual orientation and gender identity as part of its Title IX sex discrimination.
June 15, 2021—Charlotte Burrows, President Biden’s appointed chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), issued new EEOC guidelines that require employers to recognize and validate an employee’s gender identity. This would include requiring employers to use a employee’s gender pronouns and allowing employees to use bathroom and shower facilities based on their gender identity.
June 14, 2021 – The Department of Justice rescinded its promise to defend several Christian colleges that are fighting to keep religious exemptions for Title IX rules. The exemptions would allow the schools to issue guidelines regarding housing and sexual conduct in alignment with their Christian belief.
June 14, 2021 – Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, sent a letter to the members of Congress opposing the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act (H.R. 239). This proposed legislation would go against the Church teaching on abortion and contraception by allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free abortion-inducing drugs to veterans. President Biden has not spoken out against the bill.
May 28, 2021 – Biden released his budget proposal for FY2022, and it allocates money for abortions since it has no Hyde Amendment language. This is the first budget proposal since 1993 that does not include conscience protections to ensure federal funds are not used for abortions.
May 17, 2021 – After the Supreme Court said it would take up a case involving Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks, White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed reports that Biden was “committed to codifying” Roe v. Wade no matter what the Court decides.
May 14, 2021 – The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships met with leaders of six secular organizations: Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Humanist Association, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, Ex-Muslims of North America and the Secular Coalition for America. They expressed their displeasure with the pro-religious liberty policies of the previous administration, accusing it of fomenting “Christian nationalism.”
May 12, 2021 – HHS Secretary Xavier Beccera, who voted against a law that banned partial-birth abortion when he was a congressman, was asked if he would respect this law. He made it clear he would not. He justified this stance by falsely claiming that there is no such law. In 2003 Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and President George W. Bush signed it.
May 10, 2021 – The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would reinstate an Obama-era rule that would remove exemptions for religious and Catholic hospitals that refused to provide transgender services and procedures that go against their religious beliefs. The rule interpreted “sex discrimination” under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to include “gender identity.” This is a major blow to the religious liberty rights of Catholic doctors and hospitals. It would force doctors and hospitals to provide sex reassignment surgeries, even if these surgeries go against their religious beliefs, as well as cover these surgeries and procedures in their insurance policies.
April 25, 2021 – The DOJ issued a statement of interest in favor of a Georgia transgender prisoner who is suing the Georgia Department of Corrections for failing to house him based on his gender identity because Georgia does not want to house people of one biological sex with those of the other.
April 22, 2021 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced changes to the Equal Access Rule, which would require participants in the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development programs to accommodate transgender persons based on their gender identity. This would compel Catholic shelters to house individuals of the opposite sex.
April 20, 2021 – After a group of Catholic doctors and hospitals won a case over an HHS rule that would compel them to provide gender-transition surgeries, regardless of their conscientious beliefs, the Biden administration appealed to keep this mandate in place.
April 16, 2021 – Under Biden, the National Institute of Health removed restrictions on human fetal tissue research.
April 14, 2021 – HHS introduced the Title X changes outlined by Biden’s “Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad.” Under these new rules, grantees would be required to refer for abortions, despite moral or religious objections, effectively banning otherwise pro-life grantees from participating.
April 13, 2021 – Under Biden, the USAID Middle East Bureau renamed the “Religious and Ethnic Communities Office” to the “Equity and Diverse Communities in the Middle East and North Africa Office” to shift the Bureau’s focus away from protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East and emphasize other groups such as LGBT.
April 13, 2021 – Under Biden, the Food and Drug Administration is no longer enforcing the “in-person dispensing requirement” for the chemical abortion pills.
March 31, 2021 – The Department of Defense released a statement affirming Biden’s executive order on transgender persons in the military stating that the Department will “provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender.”
March 30, 2021 – Secretary of State Antony Blinken disbanded the “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” because it overemphasized religious liberty. This was commissioned by Secretary Pompeo to “..advice and recommendations concerning international human rights matters…[and] fresh thinking about human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.” Instead, Blinken would rather treat religious liberty as a coequal right, diminishing its status freeing the State Department to promote LGBT and abortion rights.
March 18, 2021 – The Office of Population Affairs at HHS announced the Biden administration’s plan to repeal the Trump-era Protect Life Rule governing Title X by the end of the year. This announcement was in direct response to President Biden’s executive order issued on January 28.
March 17, 2021 – Biden’s White House issued a statement in support of the House resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA would mandate federal funding for abortion and eliminate sex distinctions in the law, thus eliminating the existing legal protections for biological women.
March 11, 2021 – As part of Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, there was no language that reflects the longstanding, bi-partisan consensus policy to prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions domestically and internationally. The policy was needed because this bill includes many general references to healthcare that, absent the express exclusion of abortion, have consistently been interpreted by federal courts not only to allow, but to compel, the provision of abortion without meaningful limit.
March 8, 2021 – Biden issued a statement on the introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), voicing his support for VAWA’s reauthorization. Unfortunately, the reauthorization includes gender identity language that undermines the intended purpose of VAWA and thereby harms the very women it seeks to protect.
March 4, 2021 – Biden supports the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a bill that calls into question the impartiality of those who have religious affiliations. The objectionable provision is directed at a person’s suitability serving on a state’s redistricting commission. It assumes that people of faith – but not atheists – are inclined to be partisan observers, thus coming dangerously close to invoking a “religious test.”
February 25, 2021 – Rachel Levine, a transgender born a biological male, was Biden’s nomination for Assistant Secretary for HHS. When questioned about sex transitioning of minors during his confirmation hearing, Levine did not oppose the idea of allowing minors to receive hormone therapy and puberty blockers.
February 25, 2021 – The House passed the Equality Act. Biden on the campaign trail had made enacting this legislation within his first 100 days in office a top legislative priority.
- The act would effectively gut the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, eviscerating important religious rights.
- State laws that protect religious liberty would be gutted.
- Freedom of speech, belief, and thought, as the U.S. Bishops have said, would be put “at risk.” Conscience rights are the most important of all rights. When they are attacked, all liberties are jeopardized.
- Taxpayer-funded abortions would become a reality.
- The bishops stress that “Houses of worship and other religious spaces will be turned into places of ‘public accommodation.'”
- Adoption and foster care providers would have their rights stripped.
- Catholic hospitals would no longer be allowed to govern as Catholic facilities, threatening healthcare for everyone, especially the poor.
- Starting in kindergarten, students would be indoctrinated in the LGBT agenda.
- Parental rights would be decimated.
- Men who transition to female could compete in women’s sports, effectively working against the rights of women.
- Privacy rights would be a thing of the past. As has already happened, a man who thinks of himself as a woman would be allowed to use the women’s locker room.
February 4, 2021 –Biden signed an executive order allowing for non-married couples to be treated as married for the purposes of the refugee system in certain circumstances.
February 4, 2021 – Biden issued a “Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Persons Around the World.” This will limit the ability of faith-based organizations to assist in foreign aid.
January 28, 2021 – Biden directed United States Agency for International Development and other United States government foreign assistance programs to ensure that adequate funds are being directed to support abortion rights.
January 28, 2021 –Biden ordered that the necessary steps be taken to resume funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes family planning through the abortion.
January 28, 2021 – Biden instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to immediately move to consider rescinding the Trump administration rule blocking health care providers in the federally funded Title X family planning program from referring patients for abortions.
January 28, 2021 – Biden issued the “Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad.” This memorandum revokes the Mexico City Policy, which is a U.S. government policy that requires foreign non-governmental organizations to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
January 25, 2021 – Biden signed an order that would allow transgender persons to serve in the Armed Forces. As part of the order, Biden urged the Defense Department to create a process that would allow individuals to change sexes while serving.
January 23, 2021 – The Department of Justice announced that it would repeal a Trump administration memo that blocked the enforcement of the Bostock ruling in federal law.
January 22, 2021 – Biden issued a statement on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade describing the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision as a “foundational precedent” to which all judicial nominees should commit. Biden called for Roe’s codification.
January 20, 2021 – Biden issued an executive order requiring all federal agencies to implement the ruling in the Supreme Court decision Bostock v. Clayton County, which treats sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. This is a grave injustice that erases the differences and complementary relationship between man and woman.
January 20, 2021 – Biden signed an executive order affirming that “children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” affirming his campaign promise to allow minors to use facilities and participate in high school sports opposite their biological sex. While campaigning, in response to a question from a parent of a transgender child, Biden said that there would be “zero discrimination” when it came to minors seeking to change their gender.