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President Joe Biden has walked back remarks he made years ago when he said he believed life began at conception. Speaking on Friday, Biden said that although he respects Americans who believe life begins at conception, he does not agree with them.
Biden, a “staunch Catholic,” discussed Texas’ new Heartbeat Act, which the Supreme Court refused to block earlier in the week, on Friday morning with reporters. Under the Texas law, abortions are banned after six weeks and allow “any person” to sue a doctor, abortion clinic, or anyone else who “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion.”
Contrary to fears sparked by alarming posts on social media, the law does not allow individuals to sue expectant mothers who choose to have an abortion, nor does it allow anyone to sue women who have already had an abortion. Likewise, the law does not prohibit abortions from being performed in life-threatening medical situations.
“I am a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade, number one,” Biden said, according to the Daily Caller. “The most pernicious thing about the Texas law, it sort of creates a vigilante system … I know this sounds ridiculous, almost un-American, what we are talking about.”
“I respect people … who don’t support Roe v. Wade. I respect their views,” he said. “I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and all, I respect that. Don’t agree, but I respect that. Not going to impose that on people.”
Biden’s remarks are a clear reversal from his own prior statements when he stated that he supported the Catholic view that life began at conception.
“I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to … people that have a different view,” said Biden in an interview with Father Matt Malone of America Media in 2015.
During a 2012 vice-presidential debate against Republican Paul Ryan, who was running for office with Mitt Romney, Biden said: “With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as a — what we call de fide (doctrine ?). Life begins at conception. That’s the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life.”
“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” he added. “No religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy — any hospital — none has to either refer contraception. None has to pay for contraception. None has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
In a 2007 interview with “Meet the Press,” then-Senator Joe Biden said that he agreed with the Catholic view that life begins at conception.
“I am prepared to accept my church’s view,” he said. “I think it’s a tough one. I have to accept that on faith. That is a tough, tough decision to me.”
According to NBC News, he once described abortion to a Catholic newspaper as “wrong from the moment of conception.”
Biden’s reversal of his views seemed to have occurred in 2020 when he adopted his entirely new stance on abortion during the 2020 presidential campaign. His new views fly in the face of his voting record, which saw him voting against many pro-choice laws as a senator.
In 2019, the Biden presidential campaign said that although Biden supported Roe v. Wade, he still supported the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. The statement from the campaign was so widely decried by progressives, prompting Biden himself to reverse course within less than 24 hours to say that he could “no longer support an amendment” that cuts off federal funds from being used to perform abortions.
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