Biden and the Abortion Issue

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by John Mancino  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 14, 2020   

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who fancies himself a Roman Catholic by faith, has changed his position on abortion and now is at odds with the Church.

Let's look at the reality about abortion and then at the new positions the former vice president has taken.

Here are some basic facts about abortion in the United States:

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Gloria Allred

Just 1% of women obtain an abortion because they became pregnant through rape.

Less than 0.5% do so as a result of incest, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

This supports the argument I made on ABC radio in the late 1990s in my debate with the famed feminist attorney, Gloria Allred.

When I asked Allred why she supports abortion rights, her response was to cite cases of rape and incest. And when I presented the above statistics and challenged her by saying that abortions are performed for much different reasons, she supported the show host's move to go to a commercial break.

Following the commercial, Allred tried to convince listeners that I was attempting to say men have no responsibility in the cases of abortion following so-called "one-night stands."

With today's DNA capabilities, it has been shown what many pro-life supporters have claimed for years  that human life begins at conception.

My response to Allred was that men do not know without a doubt in such situations whether there is a chance for pregnancy to result. However, I pointed out that in every case the woman knows whether she is taking precautions.

The narrative that Allred was pushing seems to be the prevailing one that those on the left continue to push in support of abortion.

Let's be clear here  more than 60 million legal abortions have occurred in the United States since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. And with today's DNA capabilities, it has been shown what many pro-life supporters have claimed for years  that human life begins at conception.

Who is having abortions today?

In 2016, for example, unmarried women accounted for 86% of all abortions, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Also, according to the CDC:

Among married women, 4% of 2016 pregnancies resulted in abortion.

Women in their 20s accounted for most abortions in 2016.

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The CDC provides the following breakdown according to age groupings:

  • <15 years –  0.3%
  • 15–19 years – 9.4%
  • 20–24 years – 30.0%
  • 25–29 years – 28.5%
  • 30–35 years – 18%
  • 35–39% years – 10.3%
  • 40 years – 3.5%

In 2016, women who had never had an abortion in the past accounted for 57% of all abortions. Women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 35%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 8%.

Among white women, 10% of 2016 pregnancies resulted in abortions, while black women accounted for 29% of the cases (meaning black women are 3.5 times more likely than whites to have one).

The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage, NAF calculated, is three times as high as that of other women.

The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties, according to the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage, NAF calculated, is three times as high as that of other women.

According to Guttmacher Institute's anonymous polling of 1,209 women, the following reasons were given for choosing abortion:

  • 0.5% were victims of rape
  • 3% had fetal health problems
  • 4% had physical health problems
  • 4% said their pregnancy would interfere with education or career
  • 7% felt they were not mature enough to raise a child
  • 8% did not want to be a single mother
  • 19% were finished having children
  • 23% said they couldn't afford a baby
  • 25% said they weren't ready for a child
  • 6% were "others"

In this writer's opinion, these figures hardly represent a deep moral thread. They represent 99.5% of instances where rape or incest did not apply.

While Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claims he will protect a woman's "right to choose" and fight to keep abortion legal, his position flies directly in the face of his claimed Roman Catholic faith.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders

For his part, President Trump has expressed support for banning abortion overall, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother's life. Biden wants to pass a federal law that protects a woman's "right to choose."

"Right to choose"— just where does that term come from?

Well, it is not in the Constitution. Rather, it is merely a statement made over and over since Roe v. Wade that seems to be accepted as gospel. This is much in the vein of the concept that if a lie is repeated often enough, people will assume it is true.

While President Trump has delivered on his promise to curtail federal funding for abortions, Biden has changed his position on the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of federal funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.

For literally decades, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment. Only when pressured during the Democratic presidential debates, and further by the likes of socialist-leaning Democrats, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, did he change his position.

If one cannot trust the former vice president on something so important as his faith, how can one trust him as the leader of the free world?

This fact alone should both outrage and scare Catholics and other religious voters in the United States. If elected, Biden, it seems, will toe the line of the most radical leftists in the country, including the likes of Virginia's Democrat governor, Ralph Northam, who favors infanticide. Biden would thereby toss aside his Church's doctrine much as he would discard the weekly trash.

In 1973, Biden claimed that Roe v. Wade went "too far." In fact, he voted against the law that allowed Medicaid-funded abortions, and in 1981 he voted to remove the exemptions for victims of rape and incest.

However, he now "firmly believes that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and should not be overturned." How he squares this with his Catholic faith is unknown and troubling, to say the least.

When he was roundly criticized for his previous faith-based position on abortion, Biden quickly and vehemently changed that position.

This alone is reason to mistrust Biden. And if one cannot trust the former vice-president on something so important as his faith, how can one trust him as the leader of the free world? 

John Mancino is a security professional and an advocate for the victims of crime.

 

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