President Joe Biden appeared to forget Thursday that his administration — and the majority of the Democratic Party — supports unrestricted abortion.
The president spoke with reporters outside The White House on Thursday afternoon where he was questioned: “Should there be any restrictions on abortion at all?”
“Yes, there should be,” he responded. Pressed as to what these restrictions should be, Biden said, “It’s Roe v. Wade! You should read it! You’ll get educated!”
This marks the second consecutive time that the White House has not addressed the question of what restrictions abortion the president supports. Real Clear Politics White House reporter Philip Wegmann noted. The Biden administration has never been open to addressing abortion restrictions. Biden and Kamala Harris, his running mate, were both on the campaign trail. refused to addressThey were exactly where they were.
This is likely because Democrats (and Biden) are the ones responsible. have repeatedly advocated for legislation like the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade and massively expand abortionsIn the United States.
The Women’s Health Protection Act specifically states that the right to abortion “shall not be limited or otherwise infringed.” It would have allowed abortion providers to determine whether a pregnancy is considered “viable” or not, effectively enabling abortions at any point.
218 Democrats voted for the bill in the House, while 46 Democrats voted for it in the Senate.
“Make no mistake. It is not Roe v. Wade codification,” Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who broke with his party and voted against the legislation, said in May. “It wipes 500 state laws off the books. It expands abortion.”
When the Women’s Health Protection Act failed to pass the Senate, Biden lashed out at Republicans, saying they have “chosen to stand in the way of Americans’ rights to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families and lives.”
“The protections that the Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure are essential to the health, safety, and progress of our nation,” he added. “While this legislation did not pass today, my Administration will not stop fighting to protect access to women’s reproductive care.”
Democratic candidates have also shied away from defining their positions on abortion. allowingTheir Republican opponents to insist that their support for unrestricted abortions up to the point of birth. As Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (then a Democrat) insisted in 2020, “being pro-choice is an essential part” of being a Democrat.
Many Democratic politicians view support for abortion as a litmus-test. Biden was the most popular candidate during the previous presidential election cycle. abandoned his former support for the Hyde Amendment after strong backlash from pro-abortion groups, left-wing activists, and his fellow candidates — including his now vice president. This amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions.
Meanwhile, polling shows that Americans don’t support unfettered abortions. CBS polling conducted May shows that only 17% of Americans think abortion should be legal at any point during the mother’s pregnancy. Similar May 2022 Pew Research poll foundOnly 19% believe abortion should be legal for all cases. This August 2022 survey was conducted by the American Society of Human Rights. Rasmussen poll foundOnly 13% believe abortion should ever be legalized in California.
According to a Gallup poll, 63% of Americans support restrictions on abortion. think abortion should be illegalOr only in certain situations. Fox News polling foundAccording to YouGov, 54 percent of Americans believe that abortion should not be legalized after 15 weeks. polling foundIn 2022, 73% of the country will support age-based restrictions on abortions.
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