Former Vice President Joe Biden’s views on abortion are catching up with him.
First, he was first to flip on the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion. The casualness with which he did this is hurting him about as much as if he never changed his viewpoint.
Now, CNN has found video of Biden from 2006, as he prepared to run for president, saying abortion was neither a choice or a right.
“I do not view abortion as a choice and a right,” Biden said. “I think it’s always a tragedy, and I think that it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions. There ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus as to do that.”
But who knows, maybe he was just misspeaking. It’s Biden. He also said he backed Roe v. Wade, which he has not always supported.
“I’m a little bit of an odd man out in my party,” Biden said. “I do not vote for funding for abortion. I voted against partial birth abortion — to limit it — and I vote for no restrictions on a woman’s right to be able to have an abortion under Roe v. Wade. And, so I am — I made everybody angry. I made the right-to-life people angry because I won’t support a constitutional amendment or limitations on a woman’s right to exercise her constitutional right as defined by Roe v. Wade. And I’ve made the groups — the women’s groups and others — very angry because I won’t support public funding and I won’t support partial birth abortion.”