Moderate. Centrist. Mainstream. Catholic.
These are words that the liberal media, and even some conservatives, use to describe Joe Biden. Somehow the former Vice President and senator from Delaware is seen as less extreme on abortion and other political issues as other Democrats and other Democrat candidates for president.
But the truth is there is no daylight and no fundamental difference between Biden and the most ardent abortion activists — because Biden supports unlimited abortions up to birth and paid for at taxpayer expense.
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.
Even the New York Times admitted that Biden has evolved from a Catholic who had at least a modicum of common sense on abortion to a full-fledged abortion activist:
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.
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.
Meanwhile, Biden’s own health care proposal he released last year is further evidence of his pro-abortion extremism. As Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List explains:
But where even Mr. Obama paid lip service to appeasing pro-life Democrats, Mr. Biden now explicitly promises to “protect the constitutional right to an abortion” by repealing the Hyde Amendment and forcing taxpayers to fund the destruction of 60,000 innocent unborn children each year, turning the spigot of taxpayer funding back on for abortion giant Planned Parenthood, and restarting the exportation of abortion around the globe on taxpayers’ dime that President Trump and his administration took immediate action to stop from the very beginning of his presidency.
One eerie passage faults Mr. Trump for “allow[ing] health care providers and insurance companies to discriminate based on a patient’s gender identity or abortion history” — code that Mr. Biden, who used to vote for conscience protections, will be coming after health care workers who went into their profession thinking they were called to save life, not end it, to heal and not destroy.
The most alarming and aggressive part is Mr. Biden’s pledge to weaponize the Justice Department against states to strike down popular pro-life laws — like health and safety standards for abortion facilities, waiting periods, and parental involvement laws — and stop them from passing new ones. State legislatures enacted nearly 60 pro-life laws in the first half of this year alone. Justice Department interference would be challenging, to say the least.
Those dozens of pro-life state laws Mr. Biden wants the Justice Department to police are the clearest expression yet of the will of the voters and their representatives. The people have already been disenfranchised enough by Roe’s nationwide imposition of abortion on demand, which settled nothing and hopefully the U.S. Supreme Court will soon reconsider. Requiring them to get yet another permission from on high to protect the unborn and run their own affairs would be outrageous.
Mr. Biden may not want to do away with private insurance — yet — but that doesn’t make him “Bernie Lite.” On abortion, he is as much an extremist as every other Democrat in this race.
In 2007, Biden made his approach on abortion crystal clear, indicating he would vote to defend and expand abortions at all times: “I will not vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose abortion.”
And there you have it… unlimited abortions up to birth financed at taxpayer expense. That is Biden’s position.