Biden, 6 Times in 5 Minutes: 'Extreme,' Extreme,' 'Extremist,' 'Extreme,' 'Extreme', 'Extreme'

Susan Jones | October 5, 2022 | 6:35am EDT
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Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden attend the second meeting of the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access at the White House on October 4, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden attend the second meeting of the Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access at the White House on October 4, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris convened the second meeting of their reproductive rights taskforce on Tuesday, each giving introductory remarks and slamming pro-life views as "extremist."

Reading from a binder when his moment came, Biden used the word "extreme" or "extremist" six times in five minutes to describe abortion bans and the people who support such bans.

"Well, first of all, I created this taskforce in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s — what most people would acknowledge is a fairly extreme decision on Dodd [sic] — Dobbs — to launch a whole-of-government approach to address the damages of that decision," Biden began.

Moments later, he accused congressional Republicans of "doubling down on the extreme position with the proposal for a national ban. Let me be clear what that means: It means that even if you live in a state where extremist Republican officials aren’t running the show, your right to choose will still be at risk, because Republicans in Congress want to pass a law to take away the right to choose for every woman in every state, in every county," Biden said.

Biden reminded the task force that "Justice Thomas warned us very plainly — that this wouldn’t stop with a woman’s right to choose and it would extend to the right to privacy itself in things like contraception. And so it was no surprise that we’re seeing extremist laws pop up around the country that are having a ripple effect far beyond the health rights of a pregnant woman."

Biden mentioned one 14-year-old girl with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis who was denied a prescription refill because of concerns that the prescription was an abortifacient.

"And that’s exactly what we’re afraid would happen," Biden said. "This 14-year-old girl couldn’t get the medicine she needed for arthritis because of the extreme backward and misguided law."

Biden also addressed reported moves to bar birth control. Press reports say the University of Idaho has advised the university not to provide it, given the state's abortion ban.

"Folks, what century are we in?" Biden asked. "I respect everyone’s view on this — personal decisions they make, but, my Lord, we’re talking about contraception here.  It shouldn’t be that controversial.  And — but that’s — this is what it looks like when you start to take away the right of privacy.

"I’ve asked Education Secretary Cardona to look at — and the steps we can take to protect college students and school employees in Idaho or other states where their access to contraception is at risk.

"And my message to any other college considering enacting policies like this: Don’t.  Please don’t.  We’re not going to sit by and let Republicans throughout the country enact extreme policies to threaten access to basic healthcare.

"And that’s why we’re all here today.  That’s why we formed this — this commission..."

Vice President Harris used the word "extremist" once in her remarks: "Today, extremist so-called leaders are attacking the freedom and liberty of millions of women," she said shortly before Biden spoke.

Who's 'extremist?'

Some pro-life Americans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said Democrats are the real extremists on abortion:

(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

In a speech on the Senate floor in May, McConnell accused Democrats of supporting "an extreme and radical abortion policy."

“Our Democratic colleagues want to vote for abortion on demand through all nine months, until the moment before a baby is born," McConnell said.

"Democrats’ radical bill is as extreme as extreme gets. It ignores modern science. It is tone-deaf to public opinion. Nothing about their bill merely codifies the current case law on this issue. Their extreme proposal goes way, way beyond codifying the status quo. It would roll back many existing laws.

"Democrats’ bill would functionally allow elective abortion through all nine months. Abortion until the moment of birth.

"We are currently one of only seven countries worldwide that allow elective abortion after 20 weeks. We’re there alongside China and North Korea. This bill would take us to an even more extreme and darker place..."

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