Biden backs federal abortion protections 'if necessary'
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Joe Biden would support federal laws protecting abortion rights, "should it become necessary." The former vice president is the current frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination often references his Catholic faith in political speeches, publicly making the sign of the cross as a punch-line to jokes and displaying a rosary worn on his wrist.
Washington D.C., (CNA) - Biden's position was announced by campaign staff on May 21 in response to questions from the Associated Press. His staff further clarified that he would support immediate efforts to enshrine the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in Federal law.
The announcement marks the latest evolution in Biden's views on abortion policy over a 50-year career in politics. Earlier on Tuesday he released a video criticizing recent state-level pro-life laws as "pernicious" and "wrong."
Shortly after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision found a legal right to an abortion throughout a pregnancy, Biden said in a profile interview with the magazine "Washingtonian" that he did not agree with the court's conclusion.
"But when it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty, and acid, I'm about as liberal as your grandmother," said Biden. "I don't like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far. I don't think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body."
By 2007, his last year in the Senate prior to becoming vice president, Biden had been given a zero rating by the National Right to Life Committee. The last time Biden received a score above zero from the National Right to Life Committee was in 2003-2004.
Biden received a 75% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America during his last year in the Senate, having received perfect 100% ratings from the organization in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Previously, Biden had been in favor of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in the United States. In 1994, he reassured one of his constituents in a letter that he was guided by the principle that "those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them," and that he had voted more than 50 times against the federal funding of abortions.
Twelve years ago, in his 2007 book "Promises to Keep," he described his position on abortion as "middle-of-the-road," and he reiterated his opposition to both federal funding of abortions and partial-birth abortions.
On May 4, he was asked by a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union if he supported "abolishing" Hyde, and he quickly answered "Yes."
In the 2012 vice presidential debate against Rep. Paul Ryan, Biden described himself as agreeing with the Church's view on abortion but that he "refuse(s) to impose that on others, unlike my friend here," referring to Ryan.
"I do not believe we have a right to tell women that they can't control their body. It's a decision between them and their doctor," Biden said.
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