President Joe Biden admitted that to choose to terminate a pregnancy is to "abort a child." He made the remarks when speaking to reporters on May 11 at Andrews Air Force Base.
"So the idea that we're going to make a judgement that is going say that no one can make the judgement to choose to abort a child based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think goes way overboard," Biden said.
He made this statement after a draft of a Supreme Court decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was leaked to the press, something that is unprecedented in the history of the court. That ruling, which overturns the 1973 case Roe v. Wade, returning the question of legalized abortion to the states, was released by the court on June 24. Other Democrats claimed the court itself was "illegitimate" as a result of their ruling.
Biden, who is Catholic, said in May also that there is no consensus on when life begins. But his May 11 remarks indicate that he know that life begins, and a child is formed, prior to birth, and prior to fetal viability.
"Roe says what all basic mainstream religions have historically concluded, that the existence of a human life and being is a question," Biden told reporters, again at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. "Is it at the moment of conception? Is it six months? Is it six weeks? Is it quickening, like Aquinas argued?"
In making his remarks about aborting a child, Biden did not adhere to the Democrat talking points on abortion, which carefully discuss abortion as something done to a being that is not viable, a mere temporary extension of a woman's body.
In 2008 and previously, Biden stated that he believed that life begins at conception. The New York Times reported during the 2008 presidential contest that Biden "departed Sunday from party doctrine on abortion rights, declaring that as a Catholic, he believes life begins at conception. But the Delaware senator added that he would not impose his personal views on others, and had indeed voted against curtailing abortion rights and against criminalizing abortion."
"I'm prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception," he had said.
Now, Biden has reversed course both on the nature of abortion, and on imposing his moral view on others. Instead of believing that life begins at conception, Biden has now said that he doesn't know when it begins, yet he clearly believes that abortion is terminating the life of a child.
Further, though he was unwilling to say that he would impose his personal views on others then, he has no issue doing that now. As the Supreme Court gave the decision on abortion's legality back to the states, Biden has sought to use the federal government, through whatever means necessary, to make sure Americans have abortion access no matter what the constituents of any give state decide.
He has said he would be interested in removing the congressional filibuster tool in order to push legislation through, such as the Women's Reproductive Health Act, that would legalize abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy. He has considered executive orders to rule by fiat from the Oval Office, and he and his agencies are working to ensure that federal employees, no matter where they are located, are able to "abort a child" should they so choose.
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