(CNS News) -- Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who said he is “pro-choice” on abortion, also said that President-elect Joe Biden (D) “might be right” in his view that “life begins at conception.”
On several occasions, Biden has said that “life begins at conception” but he would not interfere with doctors who abort human lives in the womb.
At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Senator Murphy, “Do you agree with Joe Biden that life begins at conception?”
Sen. Murphy said, “I’m pro-choice, I think it should be up to, you know, every woman and every individual to make that choice on their own.”
CNS News then asked, “Well, but Joe Biden’s stated position is that life begins at conception.”
Murphy then replied, “Okay, I mean I don’t know. He might be right.”
Over the years, Joe Biden has stated that he believes that life begins at conception. For instance, as vice president, on Oct. 11, 2012, Biden said, “With regard to abortion, I accept my church's position on abortion as a -- what we call -- de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church's judgment. I accept it in my personal life.”
If Biden is inaugurated in January, he has stated that he intends to support a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, in order to expand federal funding for abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which has been supported by Congress for decades, prohibits federal funds (through Medicaid) from being used for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
Biden had been a strong supporter of the Hyde Amendment for decades, but he switched his position in the spring 2019.