Joe Biden Attacks Sarah Palin on Abortion, Calls Her "Backwards Step for Women"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Joe Biden Attacks Sarah Palin on Abortion, Calls Her "Backwards Step for Women"

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 9
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — In a potential preview of the lone debate between the vice-presidential hopefuls that will take place this fall, pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden is attacking Sarah Palin on abortion. In an interview, Biden said it would be a "backwards step for women" if Palin becomes the first female Vice President.

During a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a local television reporter asked Biden, "Do you think, if she does win, that would be a step forward for women."

Biden, a Delaware senator who is Barack Obama’s running mate, disagreed and pointed to Palin’s pro-life views on abortion as the reason why.

"Well look, I think the issue is what does Sarah Palin think? What does she believe?" he said.

"I assume she thinks and agrees with the same [pro-life] policies that George Bush and John McCain think," Biden added. "And that’s obviously a backward step for women."

Dorinda Bordlee, a prominent attorney who is the senior counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund, told she was upset by Biden’s remarks.

She said she is not surprised that a man like Joe Biden, who has a long pro-abortion voting record, would attack Palin.

By saying pro-life policies are a "backward step for women," Biden is apparently "completely unaware of the mountain of evidence showing abortion’s traumatic impact on women’s physical and psychological health," she explained.

Bordlee also said "the American public is witnessing the clash of cultures in how we view motherhood."

"With women like Speaker Nancy Pelosi advocating for the position that women need abortion to succeed, other women like Sarah Palin who show by the example of their lives that motherhood and a vocation can be integrated without resorting to abortion," she said.

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson also responded to the comments.

"The only person taking a step backward is Joe Biden, whose appalling and arrogant statements are better suited for the back rooms of his old boys club," she told The Hill newspaper in reply.

"Sarah Palin’s nomination as the Republican vice presidential nominee is an historic opportunity to break the highest glass ceiling," she said. "While John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to press their message of change, Joe Biden should stop these sorts of old-style attacks."

Biden’s comments come on the heels of him misrepresenting his pro-abortion position in a weekend interview with "Meet the Press."

The senator said he opposes taxpayer funding of abortions, yet voted on numerous occasions to put taxpayer funds towards abortions in various direct and indirect circumstances.

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