INDONESIA (LifeSiteNews) – President Joe Biden acknowledged Monday that the next Congress would not have enough votes to codify a “right” to abortion-on-demand in federal law, implicitly expressing regret for having teased the possibility before last week’s midterm elections.
“I don’t think [Americans] can expect much of anything [regarding abortion] other than we’re going to maintain our positions,” Biden said at a press conference, Fox News reported. I’m not getting into more questions. I shouldn’t have even answered your question.”
“I don’t think there’s enough votes to codify unless something happens [that is] unusual in the House,” he added. “I think we’re going to get very close in the House… but I don’t think we’re going to make it.”
Biden had previously declared that if Democrats kept the House of Representatives and expanded their Senate majority, “the first bill I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade,” which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned in June, restoring states’ ability to decide their own abortion laws.
Instead, Republicans are projected to narrowly retake the House, while Democrats keep the Senate; a pending runoff election in Georgia will decide whether they gain a seat or maintain their 50-50 tie (which, broken by Vice President Kamala Harris, gives them control of the chamber).
READ: Democrats projected to keep control of the Senate
UPDATE (3/30/23): Fr. Fidelis is jailed along with another pro-life hero
Father Fidelis has been sentenced to 270 days in jail by a Michigan court, while fellow Red Rose rescuer Matthew Connolly was sentenced to 90 days in jail and told to pay fines.
The CFR priest will serve his sentence (90 days per 3 charges) concurrently, so he will be behind bars for 3 months.
Like their companions Elizabeth Wagi and Jacob Gregor, who received lighter penalties, Moscinski and Connolly were pronounced guilty of “trespassing, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace/interfering with a business” on February 24, 2023 at the 46th District Courthouse in Southfield, Michigan.
Wagi received 18 months’ probation with fines and was ordered not to go anywhere near an abortion facility or her co-defendants. Gregor got 12 months’ probation with fines and 10 days community service. He was told not to speak to convicted church members.
LifeSiteNews is still awaiting news of Dr. Monica Miller and Laura Gies, who were found guilty of trespassing and resisting arrest.
The Southfield trial stemmed from a Red Rose Rescue at the Northland Family Planning abortion center, one of three abortion centers owned and operated by Renee Chelian, on April 23, 2021.
Pro-life priest and Red Rose Rescuer Fr. Fidelis Moscinski has been found guilty of violating the Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
Yesterday Fr. Fidelis was convicted of the federal crime for a July 2022 “lock and block” rescue he conducted at a Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York. The priest is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24 and faces up to six months in federal prison.
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A Pennsylvania court issued a split ruling against a pro-life Franciscan priest and activist arrested after he entered an abortion clinic to help women choose life.
Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges and not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, for participating in a Red Rose Rescue at a Planned Parenthood.
Fr. Moscinski entered the clinic on August 27, 2021 with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women and persuading them to choose life for their children.
Fr. Fidelis has participated in many Red Rose Rescues at abortion centers, and for this has been imprisoned multiple times.
He was also previously arrested for trying to save babies in Ohio in June 2021 and in New Jersey in January 2020.
After the court decision, Fr. Fidelis urged people to “continue keeping all pro-lifers anywhere who are facing charges, especially federal charges, in your prayers, and that God can bring some good out of this unjust persecution.”
Sign this petition today to let Fr. Fidelis know you stand with him and his heroic fight to save unborn lives from abortion.
Fellow pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer Will Goodman told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that the court’s ruling to drop one felony and reject another was a “big victory.”But the crackdown on pro-lifers continues!
Just recently the Biden administration targeted Fr. Fidelis and other pro-life activists for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) violation charges.
This same law was also used by the FBI to raid the home of pro-life Catholic dad Mark Houck last month.
It’s really a disgrace that in America pro-lifers are increasingly being attacked and persecuted simply because they stand for life.
Fr. Fidelis Moscinski needs your prayers and support now more than ever as he continues to fearlessly battle for the unborn.
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The results have fallen drastically short of the “red wave” many on both sides predicted would give Republicans strong majorities in both chambers, but they suffice to keep Biden and his party legislatively deadlocked for the next two years.
Debate continues to rage as to how significant a factor fears about abortion in the new post-Roe landscape played in the elections. Exit polls vary significantly in how much voters prioritized the issue; five abortion-related ballot initiatives all resulted in pro-abortion outcomes, but Republican incumbents who enacted abortion restrictions also won re-election.
READ: Here’s what pro-lifers can do to keep anti-abortion momentum following the midterms
Roe’s overturn sparked the activation of numerous pre-Roe abortion bans that had gone unenforced for decades, as well as more recent pro-life laws that had been blocked by courts, and trigger laws designed not to take effect until Roe was reversed. Across the country, abortion giant Planned Parenthood has suspended abortions and/or closed locations in reaction to the ruling, and pro-life attorneys general have declared their intentions to enforce their states’ duly-enacted abortion prohibitions.
Democrats’ efforts to codify abortion “rights” nationally and enshrine them in state constitutions, as well as work to promote interstate travel for abortions, ensure that building support for an eventual federal abortion ban remains a pressing pro-life priority.