Biden Flips On Abortion Rights?

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On Tuesday (June 27), President Joe Biden said he is not big on abortion, given he is a practicing Catholic. However, he defended the reproductive rights afforded by Roe v. Wade.

Speaking at a donor event in Chevy Chase, Maryland, that had 100 attendees, Biden said, “I’m a practicing Catholic,” which meant he isn’t “big on abortion,” going on to suggest that “Roe vs. Wade got it right.”

He expressed disapproval towards the states that have implemented laws that limit access to abortion. More than 20 states have enacted such laws after the Supreme Court overturned the 50-year precedent Roe established, granting federal protection to the right to abortion.

Biden is the second Catholic President in the history of the United States. He regularly attends Catholic mass on Saturday evenings, either in Wilmington, Delaware, or Washington, D.C. The White House has emphasized that his faith is deeply personal to him.

Last year, the President’s opposition to abortion, influenced by his Catholic faith and personal beliefs, gained attention after Roe was overturned. However, he has taken actions independently to safeguard access to the abortion pill and promote the availability of contraception and family planning, along with other measures.

During a recent fundraiser, the President defended the Department of Defense’s abortion policy, which has caused Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville (Ala.) to delay military promotions.

Interestingly, the President avoided using the word “abortion” and instead referred to it as a “remedial operation,” something he has done before.

On Friday (June 23), the President gathered with advocates for reproductive rights to commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe decision. In his speech, he emphasized how the ruling encouraged women in the U.S. to speak up and have their voices heard.