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Biden: ‘Life Begins at Conception…But…I’m Not Going to Interfere With' Abortion

By CNSNews.com Staff | October 30, 2020 | 5:00pm EDT
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Then-Vice President Joe Biden said in an Oct. 11, 2012 debate with Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.), who was then the Republican vice presidential nominee, that he accepted that “life begins at conception” but would not interfere with women doctors aborting human lives in the womb.

“My religion defines who I am and I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life,” Biden said.

“And it has particularly informed my social doctrine,” he said. “Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who can't take care of themselves, people who need help.

“With regard to abortion,” Biden said, “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.

“But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman,” said Biden.

“I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that, women, that they can't control their body,” he said. “It's a decision between them and their doctor, in my view and the Supreme Court. I'm not going to interfere with that.”

Here is the part of the transcript from the 2012 vice presidential debate where Joe Biden says “life begins at conception” but he is not going to interfere with abortion:

Joe Biden: “My religion defines who I am and I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who can't take care of themselves, people who need help. 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.

“But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that, women, that they can't control their body. It's a decision between them and their doctor, in my view and the Supreme Court. I'm not going to interfere with that.”

 

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