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(Priests for Life) – At midnight Sept. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court formally denied the request to block the Texas Heartbeat Act.

The act, now a law, requires abortionists to screen for a fetal heartbeat and prohibits abortion if a heartbeat can be heard. The law only allows exceptions for cases of medical emergency and it is already saving lives.

As LifeSiteNews reported: “NBC News reported Tuesday evening that “all 11 of the Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas” have “stopped scheduling visits after Sept. 1 for abortions past six weeks of pregnancy…”

You would think a faithful Catholic, one who regularly receives the Holy Eucharist, and presumably abides by core moral teachings of their Church, would be filled with joy and hope.

Not our Heretic in Chief.

Joe Biden apparently is upset there will be fewer babies killed by abortion:

“This extreme Texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century…”

Biden goes on to lament that too many black and brown babies’ will be born now in Texas: “The Texas law will significantly impair women’s access to [abortion], particularly for communities of color…”

Are “communities of color” best served by abortion?

Since 1973, 13 million African American pregnancies have been ended by abortion. In spite of overall falling abortion rates in the U.S.…abortion ratios actually increased among black women as compared to white women… nearly half of all pregnancies among black women end in abortion.

…In New York City, where Planned Parenthood is headquartered, in some years more black babies have been aborted than are born alive (1,180 abortions for every 1,000 live births). (1)

And is this disproportionate rate of abortion good for “communities of color?”

Theresa Burke, Ph.D., developed the largest outreach in the world, Rachel’s Vineyard, for women and men hurting after abortion.

Dr. Burke shares:

“Abortion leaves poor women of color, who tend to have higher rates of sexual abuse and other trauma prior to their abortions, (2)vulnerable to ongoing exploitation, dysfunction and abuse in their relationships. The cycle continues; more abuse, more trauma, more abortions, more death.

Abortion prevention, and abortion healing – if possible after the initial abortion to prevent the trauma-related likelihood of repeat abortions – is an essential part of breaking dysfunctional dynamics in poor communities.”

It is time for our bishops to act

San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote recently:

“Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human life. Claims to respect the equal dignity of every human being sound hollow when one systematically enables or tolerates denying the right to life of the most vulnerable.

Rejecting abortion is a tall order for a Catholic Democrat in the current environment, I know. But… remember St. Thomas More…look deep in the soul and ask: Will I be God’s servant first?”

Biden’s public response to the Texas Heartbeat Act, is an “axe laid to the roots” of what is a foundational moral teaching of the Catholic Church.

Such a public action, demands a public response from our nation’s Bishops who must ask Joseph Biden the question posed by St Thomas More: “Will you be God’s servant first?”

Kevin Burke, LSW, is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard. An expert on men and abortion loss, he is the author of Tears of the Fisherman and co-author of Rivers of Blood/Oceans of Mercy.

Reprinted with permission from Priests for Life


  1. Goldberg, A.(February 11 2019).  Abortion’s Devastating Impact Upon Black Americans. Public Discourse.  com
  2. Stone, R. (March 8, 2005).  No Secrets No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual