Readers of the New York Times may get the impression that likely presidential candidate Joe Biden is a moderate on abortion.
In a lengthy piece this week, the newspaper examined the former vice president’s voting record and statements on abortion. Decades ago, Biden did support some abortion restrictions, but, like many of his fellow Democrats, he appears to have sold out to the wealthy abortion industry years ago.
Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.
From 2001 to 2008, Biden’s voting record on pro-life issues was close to zero, according to the National Right to Life Committee. In 2005, for example, he voted against the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits funding to overseas groups that promote and/or perform abortions. He also voted repeatedly to require that military service members’ abortions be covered by taxpayer dollars.
According to the report, he repeatedly has defended Roe v. Wade in various interviews and votes as well.
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Here’s more from the report:
Mr. Biden entered the Senate in 1973 as a 30-year-old practicing Catholic who soon concluded that the Supreme Court went “too far” on abortion rights in the Roe case. He told an interviewer the following year that a woman shouldn’t have the “sole right to say what should happen to her body.” By the time he left the vice president’s mansion in early 2017, he was a 74-year-old who argued a far different view: that government doesn’t have “a right to tell other people that women, they can’t control their body,” as he put it in 2012.
The report noted that some abortion industry leaders are concerned about Biden, considered to be a leading challenger against President Donald Trump in 2020.
“Anxiety is super high among women across the country,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, told the newspaper. “Joe Biden is trying to carve out a space for himself as the middle, moderate candidate, and he’s going to have to really get with the times and understand that standing with abortion rights is the middle, moderate position. I can’t tell you if he’s there or not.”
Hogue is wrong about public opinion. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions. But some of Biden’s recent statements appear to be him attempting to align himself with Hogue’s radical pro-abortion agenda, rather than the American people. For example, earlier this month, he touted himself as having “the most progressive record” of any candidate running for president, according to the report.
Kate Michelman, a former leader of NARAL, is not worried.
“Joe Biden continued his evolution on the issue under Obama. He got there,” she told the newspaper. “I can’t say for absolute, 100 percent, but I would trust him as president to protect and defend a women’s right to choose.”
To show how far Biden has come toward the pro-abortion view, he once likened an abortion to an operation — as if taking the life of a baby before birth is somehow beneficial in the same manner as a patient’s operation.
Biden said: “Maybe where Romney is most sketchy is on women’s rights. I got a daughter and lost a daughter. I’ve got four granddaughters and Barack has two daughters. And this is to our core. Our daughters and our granddaughters are entitled to every single solitary operation, every single solitary opportunity!”