Yesterday, Joe Biden, presumed Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President to Barack Obama, stated that abortions are “essential healthcare” that cannot be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joe Biden’s remarks came during a virtual town hall (39:28 min mark) in response to a question. During the virtual town hall former 2018 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed him.
Last month Joe Biden said he believes in treating people with “dignity” but is still pro-abortion. While on the campaign trail, he stated, “I’m a practicing Catholic. I believe faith is a gift. And the first obligation we all have is, ‘Love your God,’ the second one is, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ … ‘Treat people with dignity.’ Everyone’s entitled to dignity, that’s a basic tenet in my household.”
On his campaign website, Joe Biden has a section entitled, “Joe Biden’s Agenda for the Catholic Community.” The Agenda includes statements like, “Vice President Joe Biden believes that in America, no matter where you start in life, everyone should be able to live up to their God-given potential”
But nowhere on his agenda for the Catholic community does Biden mention protecting preborn babies.
And as recently as December of last year Joe Biden confirmed he still supports abortion up until birth.
There was unanimous support among candidates for “codifying” the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe, though it is unclear how they would do so within the bounds of the Constitution. Every survey respondent expressed support for repealing the Hyde Amendment, a rider that prevents federal funds from directly underwriting abortion procedures. Even Joe Biden — who for decades of his public career supported Hyde as a protection for pro-life Americans with whom he says he personally agrees — has reversed his position, an indication of the party’s dramatic shift on the issue.
“Biden will repeal the Hyde Amendment and use executive action to on his first day in office withdraw the Mexico City ‘global gag rule’ and Donald Trump’s Title X restrictions,” Biden’s campaign told the Times in a statement. But despite his willingness to jettison his lifelong stance and drift along with party dogma, Biden didn’t answer two additional questions in the survey: whether he would sign a budget that included Hyde and whether he would require private insurers to cover abortion.
Again, this isn’t surprising, and California Family Council has repeatedly reported on Biden’s pro-abortion stance.
In July of this year, Joe Biden promised to reinstate the Obamacare Individual Mandate if he is elected President. In July, Biden announced he was withdrawing his support of the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment—the appropriations legislation first introduced in 1976 by Rep. Henry Hyde — bars federal funding for elective abortions through Medicaid. The amendment has saved over two million preborn children and celebrated its 40th anniversary on September 30.
Even TIME magazine, when reporting on Biden’s decision to withdraw his support of the Hyde Amendment said, ” For years, the Hyde Amendment represented a rare point of bipartisan consensus on abortion in Congress, with lawmakers from both parties agreeing that taxpayer money should not be used to fund abortions, with some exceptions.”
In a Planned Parenthood Forum that hosted a large number of the prominent Democratic candidates, Biden said, “First thing I would do as your president … I would codify Roe v. Wade as defined by Casey. It should be the law.” Biden also claimed, “Planned Parenthood, you are the ones who are providing for all of the healthcare for poor women in more ways that no one else has been able to do.”