Pope Francis urges Joe Biden to “respect the dignity of every person”
In a letter to President Joe Biden, Pope Francis urged the new American president to "respect the rights and dignity of every person," including "those who have no voice."
According to the Vatican, the pontiff opened his letter to Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday, by saying: “On the occasion of your inauguration as the forty-sixth president of the United States of America, I extend cordial grand wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.”
On the campaign trail, Biden vowed to codify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion nationwide, into federal law.
The president also promised to rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prevents taxpayer dollars from funding overseas programmes that promote or perform abortions and reverse a Trump administration rule that prevented facilities that received federal family planning funds from promoting or performing abortions.