Biden Supported Overturning Roe v Wade in 1982: ‘Single Most Difficult Vote I’ve Cast as a U.S Senator’

In 1982, Democrat President Joe Biden voted to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to set their own laws on abortion while he served as a U.S. senator.

However, today Biden denounced the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade, blaming Trump and the Supreme Court Justices he put on the court for “a tragic error” that is “a realization of an extreme ideology.”

The president’s stance today is a far cry from 40 years ago when then-Senator Biden supported a constitutional amendment that would overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to choose their own policies on abortion.

Biden even called it “the single most difficult vote I’ve cast as a U.S. senator”

“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognized,” Biden said Friday.

“They didn’t limit it. They simply took away.

“This is not over.

“It was three justices named by one president, Donald Trump, who were the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country.

“Make no mistake — this decision is a culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law.

“It’s a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court, in my view.

“It concerns me a great deal that, after 50 years, we’re going to decide that a woman doesn’t have the right to choose.

“But even more equally profound is the rationale used — and it would mean that every other decision relating to the notion of privacy is thrown into question.

“This fall, Roe is on the ballot.

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“Personal freedoms are on the ballot. The right to privacy, liberty, equality, they’re all on the ballot.

“Until then, I will do all in my power to protect a woman’s right in states where they will face the consequences of today’s decision.”

“My administration will remain vigilant as the implications of this decision play out.

“I’ve warned about how this decision risks the broader right to privacy for everyone.

“That’s because Roe recognized the fundamental right to privacy that has served as the basis for so many more rights that — we’ve come to take for granted that are engrained in the fabric of this country — the right to make the best decisions for your health, the right to use birth control, the right to privacy of a couple in their bedroom, for God’s sake, the right to marry the person you love.

“Justice Thomas said as much today, he explicitly called to reconsider the right of marriage equality, the right of couples to make their choices on contraception.

“This is an extreme and dangerous path that the court is now taking us on.”

Trump said:

“This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago.

“I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody.

“This brings everything back to the states where it has always belonged.”

From The Federalist:

One month before Biden jumped into the crowded 2020 race for president, The New York Times outlined his record on abortion over his decades-long career.

Biden was sworn into the Senate the same year the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.

In 1982, Biden, who was then ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supported a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision that his own White House is now pledging to protect 40 years later.

“I’m probably a victim, or a product, however you want to phrase it, of my background,” Biden said at the time.

Biden called his key vote “the single most difficult vote I’ve cast as a U.S. senator.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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