WASHINGTON,D.C. April 29, 2020 – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) condemned comments by Joe Biden Tuesday describing abortion as an “essential health care service.”
In a virtual event where he was endorsed by Hillary Clinton, Biden said: “States should not be using a public health crisis to infringe on a woman’s constitutional right.”
With these comments, he supported the decision of some governors to carve out an explicit exemption for abortion from a general ban on elective procedures.
“Joe Biden is out of touch with a majority of Democrats,” said Executive Director Kristen Day. “The public understands that PPE needs to be preserved to protect lives in this crisis. This is why we are stopping elective procedures. We are disturbed that our presumptive nominee supports the extreme actions of some governors to carve out an exception for the abortion industry. This exemption is based on the corporate interests of the abortion industry - not science. Until recently, the entire medical profession was aligned on the fact that abortion is almost always elective. Encyclopedia Britannica notes that “most abortions in the United States” are elective - not essential.”
“Abortion procedures threaten life by consuming PPE and medical resources at a time that some overwhelmed hospitals are struggling to meet basic requirements. For example, some abortion procedures require protective eyewear - a commodity at risk according to the CDC. Moreover, abortion staffers are needed on the frontline to save lives: not snuffing out the life of a pre-born child. Further, gathering people in abortion clinics for elective procedures risks contagion.”
Recent surveys have revealed a shortage of PPE currently used at abortion clinics, including gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer.
Joe Biden’s position in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand is out of line with the views of rank-and-file Democrats. Polling from January shows that 44% of Democrats would prefer to vote for a candidate supporting significant restrictions on abortion. 76% of Democrats believe that laws can protect both a woman and her pre-born child.
"We urge Joe Biden to reconsider his movement toward embracing abortion as a common good and return to his Catholic roots that respect and protect all human life," said Day.
Democrats For Life of America was founded in 1999 to educate Democrats at the local, state, and national levels on pro-life policies, promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform and support legislation that fosters respect for all human life. Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life, an international network for peace, justice, and life.They are the leading voice for 21 million Pro-Life Democrats in the United States of America.