The White House is gearing up for an intense battle with Texas after the state’s new law banning most abortions after a heartbeat is detected (six weeks) went into effect on Wednesday.
Clamoring for a deeply partisan issue to distract from his recent Afghanistan failure, President Biden appeared to take a more aggressive stance against Texas over the issue than he did against the Taliban who murdered American citizens in Kabul.
The president issued a statement on Thursday slamming the Supreme Court’s rejection of a petition from abortion providers to stay the heartbeat law. Biden claimed that the court’s decision was an “unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights.”
Texas implemented what the bill on September 1, banning most abortions once cardiac activity can be detected in an unborn child, which is about six weeks into a pregnancy. While other states have passed similar legislation, Texas’ law is the first to be implemented and avoid a stay from a court.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling overnight is an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost fifty years,” Biden said in a statement.
“While the Chief Justice was clear to stress that the action by the Supreme Court is not a final ruling on the future of Roe, the impact of last night’s decision will be immediate and requires an immediate response.”
“One reason I became the first president in history to create a Gender Policy Council was to be prepared to react to such assaults on women’s rights,” he continued. “Hence, I am directing that Council and the Office of the White House Counsel to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision, looking specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe, and what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties.”
The Supreme Court was careful not to weigh in on the constitutionality of the Texas law, deciding its ruling on procedural grounds. The Texas law contains a unique enforcement mechanism that authorizes private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who “aid and abet” illegal abortions.
The White House is now searching for legal avenues for the federal government to intervene and allow the murder of babies in Texas to resume.
The media has pointed out, however, that Biden’s Catholic roots conflict with his fight for on demand abortions.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated in simple terms exactly what the position of the Catholic Church is vis-à-vis abortion. A fact sheet from the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities states, “The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.””
Biden’s position on Roe v. Wade has changed over the years as the public became progressively more desensitized to the thought of slaughtering unborn babies out of convenience.
According to Axios, “In 1973, Biden, a Catholic, said the Supreme Court went “too far” in its Roe v. Wade decision. He now “firmly believes that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and should not be overturned,” his press secretary says, per NBC.
“A year after Roe v. Wade’s 1973 decision, Biden said a woman shouldn’t have the “sole right to say what should happen to her body.””
“He voted against a 1977 compromise that allowed Medicaid-funded abortions, with exceptions for victims of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. After the rape and incest exemptions passed, Biden voted in 1981 to remove them, per NBC. He also voted multiple times, including in 1983, to prevent federal employees from obtaining abortion services through their health insurance.”
Author: Erin Adelmore