A bishop in Wisconsin criticized Joe Biden Friday, after the president said he doesn’t believe that life begins at the moment of conception, which seems to contradict previous statements he has made on the issue.
“People always claimed that President Biden was personally opposed to abortion,” Bishop Donald Hying, of Madison, tweeted.
“Today, he said, ‘I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and all, I respect that-don’t agree, but I respect that.’ Today, we’ve all learned the painful and disturbing truth,” Hying added.
Biden’s comments on Friday came after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Texas law that severely restricts abortion access. It prohibits abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy and gives citizens the ability to sue doctors and others who assist women in getting abortions. Anyone who sues successfully can receive up to $10,000.
The president, a Catholic, sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s decision, calling it “an unprecedented assault on constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade,” referring to the court’s 1973 landmark abortion case.
Asked Friday about what his administration will do to protect abortion rights at the federal level, Biden said that “the most pernicious thing about the Texas law” is that it “sort of creates a vigilante system.”
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