I was the first person in the United States to be arrested and jailed for protesting abortion. My pro-life credentials are unimpeachable: I come from a strong Catholic family, I practiced natural family planning and my husband and I adopted a severely disabled baby.

I voted for Joe Biden. I voted for him proudly and with no misgivings. Because Joe Biden is as pro-life as they come.

Being pro-life means more than being against abortion. It means standing up for the rights of children locked in cages on our country’s borders – because what is life without freedom? Being pro-life means fighting for every American’s right to decent, affordable health care – because what is life without health? Being pro-life means making sure that America’s economy works for the many, not for the few – because what is life without a living wage? Being pro-life means enlisting in the Clean Energy Revolution – because what is life on an unlivable planet?

Joe Biden’s pro-life record is as impeccable as mine. He fights for children, for health care, for decent jobs and for a green, clean planet.

Being pro-life isn’t just about political action either. It’s an attitude, it’s a way of being in this world. Joe Biden is a man we can respect. He’s courteous. He’s kind. He genuinely cares about other human beings and he listens when they speak. Because of what my disabled daughter taught me, I am exquisitely tuned in to this truly pro-life aspect of Joe Biden’s personality.

Moy Moy died two years ago at the age of 28. While she was with us, she spoke only with her eyes. She used a wheelchair to get around and she ate through a tube in her tummy. She depended upon us for literally everything. It wasn’t an easy life, but it was an incredibly valuable one. She taught us everything we needed to know about love and acceptance and the things that truly matter.

I would not have needed to explain this to Joe Biden. He would have gotten it on his own. Watch him in any encounter with a disabled person and you see him for who he is. He goes out of his way to connect with them, to listen to their stories and to learn from what they have to tell him. He doesn’t ignore them and he’s not uncomfortable even if he isn’t able to understand everything they say. That’s because he meets them from a place of respect.

I don’t like to compare Joe Biden to Donald Trump because it’s demeaning to Joe. It’s like comparing a flowing river to a fetid swamp. What’s the point? But I will say this: if Moy Moy were still alive, I would move mountains to keep her safe from this so-called “pro-life” President. He would not have been able to comprehend her beauty, nor would he have been able to understand how incredibly important and irreplaceable she was. I wouldn’t have let him anywhere near her.

But Joe Biden? He would be welcome in our home any time.

I was the first person in the country to go to jail fighting abortion and I’m here to tell you: Joe Biden is the pro-life candidate.

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  • Jody Marcoux

    You captured the essence of Joe Biden and the true meaning of “prolife.” Thank you, Jo. I hope you and your family are safe during this challenging, stressful time.

  • Patti

    Love this, Jo!!

  • Jason

    Every soul is a child of God our Father, whether this is Joe Biden or Donald Trump. To judge one or the other is up to God, not for us to throw stones at either one or call them names. When it does come to voting, we’re not supposed to vote by political party affiliation, earlier voting traditions and/or just because a candidate calls themself a Catholic and certainly may be right on lesser issues but will vote abhorrently on KEY moral issues, abortion being the most crucial of our times and will absolutely be looked back upon one day as a Holocaust of horror, serious evil that offends God so deeply, His most Sacred gift, LIFE, being treated as garbage to throw away, it’s so hard to even write that. My favorite words of Saint John Paul II: “Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family to culture – is false and illusionary if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.” The right to life must be defended first, all else follows. In our times, so many men will pressure a woman to abort against their will, it’s a tragedy, and then on the flip side there are women who say “it’s my body and my choice” and will use their power against men who want to be a father and plead with her not to kill the innocent baby but she’ll selfishly do so without thought to get her way. A baby is a new life created by God with an individual soul and body, it is not the man’s or woman’s body anymore, it is a new life. In America, Democrats promised abortion would be rare back in 1973 and millions upon millions of abortions later, it has turned into abortion at any stage and now after birth too. There’s not even room at the table anymore for voices of pro life Democrats, they’re silenced and told they CANNOT speak at conventions etc… and to look the other way or get out of the party, this is the whole truth I can’t make this stuff up. The party that is supposed to be liberal and doesn’t want anyone to judge, has become so judgement filled and wanting to silence others by the magnitude in what’s supposed to be a free Country. When I go to vote, I’m not on the fence, I’m through the door and I don’t care if it’s Joe or Donald, I vote by who is going to protect life at it’s most innocent. If you haven’t already, it’s never to late to start voting independently from the world and it’s dismissiveness, worldliness, and vote for God’s most Sacred gift to us all, LIFE in the womb, and out of the womb at birth, and then of course at all stages. Our world is so broken right now, God has allowed this for reasons known to Him alone and I wholeheartedly believe He is going to intervene soon and help us all heal, beginning in our families, with our neighbors, our Nation and globally… the world is so damaged and only by His Grace will it begin to heal again.

  • Rashmi M

    Love you, Jo! 🤗

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