- THE BLAZE - Mar 11, 2021 -
Pro-life evangelical scholar Richard Mouw led a fellowship of pro-life Christians who loudly and proudly endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 election. That group, Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden, this week got a lot of attention when they revealed their shock and dismay that pro-abortion President Biden betrayed their movement and was endorsing the use of federal tax dollars to pay for abortions.
Mouw, the president emeritus of Fuller Seminary in California who is realizing too late that there are no take-backsies in real life, told the Christian Post on Tuesday that if he had it to do over, he would not offer his public support for Biden's election. But he would still vote for the Democratic nominee.
What did he say?
After the Biden-backed COVID relief bill passed the U.S. Senate over the weekend without the Hyde Amendment, which prevents tax money from being used to fund abortion, Mouw's group wrote an open letter expressing their disappointment. The members said they felt "used and betrayed" by the administration — an administration that literally campaigned on repealing the Hyde Amendment.
Mouw claimed to the Christian Post that he and other members of the pro-life, pro-Biden group were aware that Biden had been "shifting" his stance on the Hyde Amendment when they issued their statement in October publicly urging fellow pro-lifers to give the pro-choice president their vote.
Biden's campaign site made it clear that Biden "supports repealing the Hyde Amendment" and said so since at least July 2020 — three months before Mouw's group issued its statement — according to the Wayback Machine internet archive.
But according to Mouw, his group felt reassured by conversations they had with Biden campaign officials.
"We made ... clear that we would offer support with the understanding that they would urge the White House to have serious conversations with Catholics and evangelicals who are right-to-life people," he told the Christian Post. "The problem is that we haven't had those conversations, and leaving the Hyde Amendment out of this particular package, this latest COVID package, is a signal that ... there really ... is no room for that kind of conversation."