President Joe Biden publicly said he wanted leaders who are “absolutely committed” to protecting legal abortion on the same day when he met with Pope Francis.
Biden made the remark in a tweet urging Virginia voters to elect pro-abortion Catholic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
“Virginia, reproductive rights are under attack throughout the country and we must elect leaders who are absolutely committed to protecting those rights,” Biden tweeted. “Terry McAuliffe has made it clear that he will be a brick wall against anyone trying to threaten reproductive rights.”
It is not known what precisely the pope and the president talked about during their meeting at the Vatican that day. While a growing number of Catholic leaders have confronted Biden over his abortion advocacy and its incompatibility with the teachings of the Catholic faith, Pope Francis has been reticent about addressing the scandal.