Biden: GOP Pro-Life Position Is ‘Extreme’

Protecting a baby in the womb from abortion while allowing exceptions for the life of the mother is an “extremist” position. Allowing abortion at any point in pregnancy for any reason up until birth is “founded on the idea of freedom”.

That is the view of President Joe Biden, and he is making it a flagship of his reelection campaign. He spoke on the anniversary of the now-reversed Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision: “The extreme right is trying to limit all women in America”. Biden is pushing for a Federal law that would replace the Roe decision by superseding all state laws to guarantee abortion rights.

Joe Biden, like many Democrats, calls himself a Catholic yet takes a view on abortion that is absolutely contrary to Catholic teaching. Many Catholics argue that his status as a public leader makes his pro-abortion stance grounds for excommunication.

Like many staunch pro-abortion Democrats, he didn’t always espouse this view. Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Jesse Jackson are among the flip-flops who have switched from pro-life to “pro-choice” when seeking National Office.

In 2006 Joe Biden stated in a taped interview with Texas Monthly that he did “not view abortion as a choice and a right.” In a 2015 interview with America magazine, Biden stated: “I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being.”

Biden channels Orwell by never using the word “abortion” during his speech. Instead, he sanitizes the issue with “doublespeak” such as “choice”.

The Democrat party has been monolithically pro-abortion for decades. Few Democrats achieve any position beyond the local elected office level unless they are fully on board with the platform plank of “abortion on demand without apology”. Notable exceptions include the late Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey who was denied a speaking slot at the 1992 Democratic Convention because of his pro-life views. He wore a button that read “I’m pro-life and I want my party back”. Democrat Gov. Joan Finney of Kansas in the 1990s spoke at a rally organized by the civil disobedient pro-life group Operation Rescue.

The GOP with its “big tent” philosophy has tolerated many prominent abortion-supporting candidates. These include U.S. Senators such as Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.

Massachusetts Governor and later Utah Senator Mitt Romney has waffled on the issue. As the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, he seemed to take a “personally pro-life”, lip-service-based position.