By Kevin Burke, LSW
On the evening of September 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court formally denied the request to block the Texas Heartbeat Act.
The Act requires abortionists to screen for a fetal heartbeat and prohibits abortion if a heartbeat can be heard. The act only allows exceptions for cases of medical emergency.
The Texas Heartbeat Act is already saving lives:
… 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…”(Lifesite News.)
You would think a faithful Catholic, one who regularly receives the Holy Eucharist, would affirm and celebrate the Heartbeat Act.
Not Catholic Joe Biden.
Biden is upset there will be less 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, more black babies are aborted than are born alive (1,180 abortions for every 1,000 live births).  (Excerpt from Rivers of Blood/Oceans of Mercy.)
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, 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 Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone:
“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.
It is time for the Successors of the Apostles to ask President Biden the question posed by St Thomas More:
“Will you be God’s servant first?”
Original Music Video about the Miraculous Love of God for the Human Family. Produced by Henry Gennaria
 Goldberg, A. (February 11 2019). Abortion’s Devastating Impact Upon Black Americans. Public Discourse. ThePublicDiscourse.com
 Stone, R. (March 8, 2005). No Secrets No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse. Harmony.