Joe Biden, good Catholic that he is, says that life begins at conception and that “abortion is always wrong.” But, good Democrat that he is, he also believes in legalized abortion, saying that it would also be wrong to impose his religious beliefs on those who do not share them. The objective fact of the humanness of the fetus cannot, apparently, interfere with that position.
I wonder if he is also unwilling to impose Catholic religious teachings in issues that are supported by the Democratic Party, such as environmentalism, immigration, and programs for the poor. But at least he is not taking Nancy Pelosi’s position, which is that her Catholic faith impels her belief in abortion.
Is Vice President Biden’s position logically and ethically coherent? I can see the principle that not all moral positions should be legislated, but it seems to me that if abortion is homicide, it does need to be legislated. Can anyone make a case for what Biden is saying, or, conversely, explain why it is wrong?
If the law isn’t going to change anyway, wouldn’t it be better to have a personally pro-life President than someone who is personally committed to abortion? Do you hope Biden runs? [Read more...]