Following today’s shocking leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that could make abortion illegal in over ½ U.S. States, many Americans have been anxiously awaiting to hear a response from President Joe Biden.
“I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.”
According to CNN, Biden has had a long evolution on the issue.
He said early on in his career that while he supported individuals’ right to an abortion, he opposed federal funds paying for them. Later, he backed Republican efforts to ban so-called “partial-birth abortions,” a non-medical term describing rare late-term procedures, and said he would have liked to go further in restricting them.
In 2006, two years before he was elected vice president, he told an interviewer he did “not view abortion as a choice and a right.” A year later, he spelled out his internal conflict in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I was 29 years old when I came to the United States Senate, and I have learned a lot,” he said. “I’m a practicing Catholic, and it is the biggest dilemma for me in terms of comporting my religious and cultural views with my political responsibility.”
He still mostly avoids using the word “abortion” in public, preferring vaguer terms like “a woman’s right to choose” instead. When he used the word Tuesday, it was the first time he’d said it out loud since becoming president last year — even though the right to have one had come under increasingly dire threat in the months since he took office.
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