Joe Biden, who claims to be a “devout” practicing Catholic, has come in the crossfire yet again for misstating the Church’s teaching on abortion. He made the flub while at a fundraiser in New York City.
“I’m talking about no exceptions — rape, incest — no exceptions, regardless of age,” Biden said, adding, “My generic point — and I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic — my church doesn’t even make that argument now.” That was a lie.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, however, teaches “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception” even in cases of rape and incest.
Biden argued that Republicans had grown “more extreme” in their defense of life, even though Graham’s proposed law would make exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.
Graham’s proposed abortion ban after 15 weeks is more permissive than the abortion laws in France, which prohibit abortions after 14 weeks.
But Biden boasted he would prevent any Republican legislation restricting abortions from crossing his desk.
Regarding Sen. Lindsey Graham’s proposal, Biden said to the fundraiser attendees, “Well, the good news is — for me, anyway — I’m going to be around at least for another two years, so he can pass or it not, I’m going to veto it,” adding that “It’s not going to happen.”