As shown since becoming the Democratic frontrunner in 2020 and then president, Joe Biden’s Catholic faith has been the cafeteria-style—picking what suits him and discarding the rest.
And Biden has been the most rubbery on the issue the Catholic Church has been most immoveable: opposing abortion.
For example, as a candidate, Biden changed his position on the Hyde Amendment, the 46-yar-old law that banned taxpayer-funded abortions.
Last September, after the Supreme Court upheld a Texas law that prohibited abortions as early as six weeks, Biden promised the Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice would “see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions.”
And this week, he has denounced a leaked Supreme Court opinion that could gut the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal everywhere. He even asked voters to elect more pro-abortion Democrats to help protect the procedure.
But as CNSNews.com noted Tuesday, Biden wasn’t always so against the pro-life cause.
“In 1981, as a Democrat Delaware senator, Biden voted for a constitutional amendment that – like the overturn of Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court is currently considering – would have enabled each state to pass a law regarding the legality, restriction, or prohibition of abortion,” CNSNews.com reported.
GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, who did last month, introduced the measure – the Human Life Amendment – in September 1981. It declared, “the Constitution does not secure a right to abortion.” It left that decision to the states.
The proposed amendment was also bipartisan. Three of the eight co-sponsors who joined Hatch were Democrats.
Eventually, the amendment made it to the Senate floor for a vote. It needed 67 votes to be cleared for consideration by the states. It got only 49.
Yet it got that far because then-Sen. Biden voted for it to proceed to the full Senate.
At the time, according to The New York Times, Biden said, “I’m probably a victim, or a product, however, you want to phrase it, of my background,” referring to his Catholic faith. He also called that vote “the single most difficult vote I’ve cast as a U.S. senator.”
Last September, R. Albert Mohler Jr., an ordained minister who serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote a lengthy blog post detailing Biden’s “slippery shape-shifting on the abortion issue.”
Mohler noted that in 1982, Biden came back and voted against the pro-life amendment he had supported just a year earlier.
But then, in 1986, according to Mohler, Biden had noted, “Abortion is wrong from the moment of conception.” He also had said, “I think medical science is moving the frontier back so that by the year 2000, we’re going to have more and more pressure, and rightfully so in my view, of moving back further and further the circumstances under which an abortion can be had.”
Mohler then reported that last September, Biden stated, “I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception. I respect that—don’t agree—but I respect that.”
“So much for courage and conviction. So much for resisting the headwinds of political expediency. A half-century career of stating that life begins at conception and that the American taxpayer should not be forced into paying for abortions is now gone,” Mohler noted.
“This was a spectacular reversal on a fundamental issue of morality. This sad story is not just about an American politician’s compromise. It is not even just the story of an American president and his political ‘evolution.’ The story of Joe Biden raises important questions we all must answer: How will we define when human life begins? Will we stand upon that conviction, no matter the cost?”
We know where Gumby Biden comes down. The question is will the Supreme Court stand by its leaked position.