President Biden previously voted to overthrow Roe v. Wade after insisting the Supreme Court had gone “too far” — and that women don’t have “the sole right to say what should happen to their bodies.”
The commander-in-chief was among those this week strongly condemning the leaked draft advisory opinion, which indicated the Supreme Court was poised to overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Biden, 79, said Tuesday that it is “very concerned that after 50 years we will decide that a woman does not have the right to vote.”
However, his views were radically different in 1973, when Biden became the youngest member of the Senate at age 31 – and just 17 days before the landmark Roe v Wade ruling.
“I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far,” he told the Washingtonian the following year, noting that he was “really pretty conservative on most” issues.
“I don’t think a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body,” he said at the time.
He shared the same views a decade later, in 1982, when he signed a constitutional amendment that would allow individual states to adopt Roe v. to overthrow Wade and make her own decisions about abortion, as would the currently expected verdict.
This Human Life Federalism Amendment sought to emphasize that “a right to an abortion is not guaranteed by this Constitution.”
Biden was then the only Democrat named by The New York Times as a supporter of the amendment, which the National Abortion Rights Action League called “the most devastating attack on abortion rights yet.”
“I’m probably a victim or a product, however you want to put it, of my heritage,” the future Roman Catholic president said at the time.
The Times said Biden called it “the most difficult individual vote I’ve cast as a US Senator.”
However, he is not sure he has “the right to impose his views on an issue” affecting the nation, the Times noted.
The bill never made it through the full Senate, and Biden later switched positions and voted against when he reappeared a year later, the Times noted — and said such a reversal of the key issue would “become a hallmark of his political career.”
By 2012, he defied his own previous views, saying the government “has no right to tell other people that women cannot control their bodies,” the report said.
His new stance may have been an attempt “to carve out a spot for himself as a middle, moderate candidate,” Ilyse Hogue, president of abortion rights organization Naral Pro-Choice America, told the Times ahead of Biden’s successful campaign.
Tucker Carlson was among those this week to highlight Biden’s radical abortion reversal as he taunted Democrats for overreacting to the possible end of what is now considered “holy” right.
Carlson insisted that even “passionate supporters of the election” strongly criticized the 1973 ruling, which the Fox News host called “the most embarrassing court decision of the last century.”
“And that would include Joe Biden,” he reminded viewers Tuesday night.
“Joe Biden has always supported legal abortion. But nine years after the Roe decision was made, he was still willing to admit that it was unjustifiable as a legal decision,” Carlson told viewers.
“In fact, Biden concluded that Roe, quote, had gone ‘too far.’ And of course it had gone too far. That was clear then. Now it’s obvious,” Carlson insisted.
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