President Joe Biden twisted the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion on Thursday, speaking as a “practicing” Catholic.
The president addressed abortion at a fundraiser in New York, after noting that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a bill making all abortions illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
“I’m talking about no exceptions – rape, incest – no exceptions, regardless of age,” Biden said, recalling a news report about a 13-year-old girl who was pregnant due to rape.
“My generic argument — and I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic — my church isn’t even making that argument now,” Biden added.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, however, teaches that “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception”, even in cases of rape and incest.
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Biden argued that Republicans have become “more extreme” in their defense of life, even though Graham’s proposed law would make exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Graham’s proposed abortion ban after 15 weeks is more permissive than France’s abortion laws, which prohibit abortions after 14 weeks.
But Biden bragged that he would block any Republican legislation restricting abortions from crossing his desk.
“Well, the good news is – for me, anyway – I’m going to be there for at least another two years, so it may or may not pass, I’m going to veto it,” he said. “It will not arrive.”
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Biden continues to claim he is a practicing Catholic, despite defying Church teaching on abortion.
In September, Biden directly countered Catholic teaching, revealing that he does not believe life begins at conception.
“I respect those who believe that life begins at conception and everything… I respect that. Disagree. But I respect that,” he said.