President Joe Biden on Friday made another characteristic verbal blunder, admitting to a reporter that what’s at stake in the issue of abortion is the decision to end the life of a “child.”
While Democrats will typically skate around the reality of abortion, speaking only in terms of “reproductive healthcare,” “fetuses” and the like, Biden broke sharply with this careful framing of the issue on Friday, telling a reporter that abortion was the decision to “abort a child.”
When Biden was asked at Joint Base Andrews about his reaction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the president stumbled over his words.
“So the idea that we’re going to make a judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to choose to abort a child, based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think goes way overboard,” the 79-year-old Biden said.
Incidentally, the science of pregnancy largely agrees with the president’s assessment of the situation. Within just weeks of a pregnancy’s beginning, the face, eyes and heart of a child start to develop; after a month, the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system; and by nine weeks, the baby has ears, arms, hands, feet, fingers and toes.
Some who caught Biden’s slip-up at Joint Base Andrews on Friday felt the president may have inadvertently hinted at his true stance on abortion. The president has spoken out against the practice in the past, labeling it a “tragedy” in 2006.
“I do not view abortion as choice and a right. I think it’s always a tragedy,” then-Sen. Biden said. “And I think it should be rare and safe. And I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions, and we ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus.”
Biden has spoken against abortion even as recently as 2015, saying in an interview given while vice president that, “Abortion is always wrong.”
“I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception, there’s human life and being,” Biden said in the same interview, “but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view.”