When then candidate Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP, the topic of abortion came up. Biden is Roman Catholic, and if there is a consistent voice of opinion in the Church it’s that abortion is a grave moral wrong. Biden has taken what he describes as a “middle-of-the-road position”:
“I remember vividly the first time, in 1973, I had to go to the floor to vote on abortion. A fellow Senator asked how I would vote. ‘My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society. I’ve thought a lot about it, and my position probably doesn’t please anyone. I think the government should stay out completely. I will not vote to overturn the Court’s decision. I will not vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose abortion. But I will also not vote to use federal funds to fund abortion.’”
In a recent interview, Biden said something similar:
“‘I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being,’ Biden said, during an interview with Father Matt Malone, S.J. of ‘America Media.’
‘Biden, however, said that he would not ‘impose’ that view on ‘non-God-fearing people that have a different view.’”
“At one point, Biden also acknowledged that ‘abortion is always wrong,’ but again, he doesn’t want to ‘impose doctrine’ on other people.” (H/T: Daily Caller)
When someone says that he or she is “personally opposed” to something, my first question is, “Why?” What is it about abortion that you oppose? This question is almost never asked of the “I’m personally opposed but” (IPOB) crowd.