On Tuesday, Democrat President Joe Biden released a statement condemning the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade – despite spending his first four decades in politics opposing abortion.
“First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade,” the statement began. “We said that Roe is based on ‘a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.’ 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.”
“Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court,” the statement continued. “We will be ready when any ruling is issued.”
“Third, if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose,” the statement added. “And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November. At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law.”
However, as early as 1982, then Senator Biden proposed an amendment that would reverse Roe v. Wade.
“A right to abortion is not secured by this Constitution,” the Human Life Federalism Amendment said. “The Congress and several States shall have the concurrent power to restrict and prohibit abortions: Provided, That a law of a State which is more restrictive than a law of Congress shall govern.”
Additionally, as pointed out by National Review’s David Harsanyi, in 1994, “Biden wrote a letter to a constituent bragging that he has voted against abortion funding on 50 separate occasions.” And as recently as June 5, 2019, Biden expressed his support for the Hyde amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. However, Biden reversed this position a day later after facing backlash from Democrats as he continued his third presidential run.
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