Biden in 2006: ‘I do not View Abortion as a Choice & a Right…We Should be Focusing on how to Limit the Number of Abortions’

[Image: Joe Biden during a interview with Texas Monthly in 2006 -- Twitter video screenshots. The Freedom Times compilation].

On Tuesday, a video clip of Joe Biden resurfaced from 2006 showing the then-senator saying he does not see abortion as “a choice and a right”.

The video emerged after Biden told reporters Tuesday, “The idea that we’re gonna make a judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to choose to abort a child, based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think goes way overboard”, adding that overturning Roe v. Wade would be a “fundamental shift” as abortion policy would be up to the states.

“I do not view abortion as a choice and a right,” Joe Biden had said in a interview with Texas Monthly.

“I think it’s always a tragedy. I think it should be rare and safe,” he added. “I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions.”

In 1977 Biden voted against a compromise that would have allowed federal funds to be used for abortions in cases of rape or incest or concerns for the life of the mother. The compromise passed in that case, but in 1981 Biden voted again to remove them, Kari Paul at The Guardian reported in 2019.

Also in 1981, Biden voted to let states overturn Roe v Wade, citing his background as a Roman Catholic at the time and calling the decision “the single most difficult vote I’ve cast as a US senator”.

In 2015, Biden described his views to the Catholic magazine America: “I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view,” Kari Paul at The Guardian also noted.

During the 2020 primary Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, which limits government funding for abortion care, but later switched his position a day later after facing public pushback, saying he “can no longer” support the amendment.

On Monday evening, a draft opinion leaked, written by Justice Samuel Alito regarding Roe v. Wade. The draft leak obtained by Politico was written in early February. Video Below

Joe Biden in 2006:

Biden on Tuesday:

(Related: Chief Justice Roberts Announces he’s ‘Directed the Marshal of the Court to Launch an Investigation Into the Source of the Leak’)

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