Joe Biden changes abortion stance from 2015, slammed for having 'ZERO principles'
In the aftermath of the Texas anti-abortion law, social media is in a tizzy. As many went online to comment on the horrors of the new law, some noticed how President Joe Biden spoke up against the controversial Texas anti-abortion law, and at one point said that he did not agree with the proposition that human life begins at conception.
But that is not what Biden was saying back in 2015. Back when he was the vice president, Biden told an interviewer, “I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being.”
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The earlier interview, which Biden gave to Fr Matt Malone, the editor in chief of America magazine, was first reported by The Daily Caller. You can watch the interview clip here:
Biden in 2015: "I'm prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being." pic.twitter.com/1ZPCVWjxJY— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 3, 2021
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court declined to block the Texas anti-abortion law, which prohibits women from getting an abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. What is even stricter is that the law allows private citizens to sue anyone who "aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion". For the unawares, fetal heartbeats are generally detected six weeks after conception, before most women even know that they are pregnant.
On Friday, September 3, Biden openly argued the new law and said that it "sort of creates a vigilante system where people get rewards" for pursuing court cases against doctors or abortion clinics.
"I respect people who think that - who don’t support Roe v Wade; I respect their views," the president added. "I respect them - they - those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and all. I respect that. Don’t agree, but I respect that. I’m not going to impose that on people."
During the 2015 interview with Malone, the then-vice president also said he was “prepared” to accept the Catholic Church’s doctrine on abortion as “de fide,” or an essential part of the faith.
"I’m prepared to accept as a matter of faith, my wife and I, my family, the issue of abortion,” he said. "What I’m not prepared to do is impose a rigid view - precise view, rigid sounds pejorative, a precise view that is born out of my faith, on other people who are equally God-fearing, equally as committed to life, equally as committed to the sanctity of life."
"And I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being," Biden went on. "But I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view."
During a 2007 interview with NBC’s 'Meet the Press', Biden, who was a Senator then, had told moderator Tim Russert, “I am prepared to accept my church’s view. I think it’s a tough one. I have to accept that on faith. That is a tough, tough decision to me. But there is a point relatively soon where viability - it’s clear to me when there’s viability, meaning the ability to survive outside the womb, that I don’t have any doubt."
It was noted that soon after announcing his run for president in 2019, Biden reversed his long-standing support of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds as payment for abortions. "I can’t justify leaving millions of women without the access to care they need, and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right," he had said at the time.
The president has since been widely criticised on social media. "Joe Biden just said at the White House that he disagrees that life begins at conception. The same Joe Biden previously said that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and "abortion is wrong from the moment of conception"" Newsmax host Sean Spicer pointed out.
Joe Biden just said at the White House that he disagrees that life begins at conception.— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 3, 2021
The same Joe Biden previously said that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and "abortion is wrong from the moment of conception"
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Some questioned his faith. "Joe Biden isn't a Catholic. You can't support abortion and remain a Catholic. No exceptions," one wrote. Another user wrote noticing the flip-flopping, "My, my how things have changed! This is a sign that one has ZERO principles only caring about himself as well as a lack in faith PERIOD!" Another user said, "Is anything left out here where he did not shifted his position with 180*, multiple times over the last 47 years in office?" Yet another user said, "He’s fine with murder"
Joe Biden isn't a Catholic.— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) September 3, 2021
You can't support abortion and remain a Catholic.
My, my how things have changed! This is a sign that one has ZERO principles only caring about himself as well as a lack in faith PERIOD! https://t.co/EaW9HmTmAs— Jessy Patino (@armygrljessy) September 3, 2021
Is anything left out here where he did not shifted his position with 180*, multiple times over the last 47 years in office? https://t.co/vsirdql4tG— BarbaNera (@BarbaNera20) September 3, 2021
He’s fine with murder https://t.co/BAUmPb0Cvs— Jared Rabel (@JradRabel) September 3, 2021
While others thought it was an advantage. "Because he doesn't allow his personal belief to interfere with the choices woman need to make. Also. He's not pro-abortion, he is pro-choice and there's a difference," one user clarified. Another added., "You can, but a politicians privately held beliefs must, by necessity, be different to their public policy making, or they are only serving their own ends, not the needs of the people."
Because he doesn't allow his personal belief to interfere with the choices woman need to make. Also. He's not pro-abortion, he is pro-choice and there's a difference.— It's a-me, Brandon! (@i_likebrandon) September 3, 2021
You can, but a politicians privately held beliefs must, by necessity, be different to their public policy making, or they are only serving their own ends, not the needs of the people.— Maggz (@hatsbybilly) September 4, 2021
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki snapped at a male reporter for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) who asked, "Why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teaches abortion is morally wrong?"
Psaki initially responded that Biden believes "it’s a woman’s right, it’s a woman’s body and it’s her choice." When reporter Owen Jensen asked, "Who does he believe then should look out for the unborn child?" that is when Psaki snapped.
"He believes that it’s up to a woman to make those decisions, and up to a woman to make those decisions with her doctor,” Psaki shot back. “I know you’ve never faced those choices nor have you ever been pregnant, but for women out there who have faced those choices this is an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes that right should be respected.”