ROME — The US Conference of Bishops (USCCB) criticized President Joe Biden for this week’s executive order aimed at streamlining access to abortion.
It remains “the policy of my administration to support women’s access to reproductive health care services, including their ability to travel to seek abortion care in states where it is legal,” Biden wrote in his executive order. “I am directing my government to take further action to protect access to reproductive health care services and to address the crisis facing women’s health and public health more broadly.”
The president said he would tap HHS as well as “the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other relevant HHS components” to assess the impact of access to reproductive health care on maternal health outcomes and other outcomes health.
In response, Baltimore Archbishop William Lowry, chairman of the Bishops’ Commission on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement Friday calling on the president and all elected officials to “increase support and care for mothers and babies, instead of facilitating the destruction of defenseless, voiceless human beings.”
“The continued promotion of abortion takes lives and irreparably harms vulnerable pregnant mothers, their families and society,” the archbishop argues. “It’s the wrong direction to go when we should be working to support women and build a culture of life.”