President Biden slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) earlier this week for his federal bill banning abortions beyond 15 weeks’ gestation, saying, “My church isn’t even making that argument now. .
“Think about what these guys are talking about,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York, referring to the bill and his Republican supporters.
“No exceptions – rape, incest – no exceptions, regardless of age.”
Graham introduced the “Protection of Unborn Children Capable of Pain from Late Abortions Act” earlier this month, three months after Roe v. Wade.
The bill provides for exceptions in cases of rape, incest and physical danger to the life of the mother. It specifically authorizes abortion when “the pregnancy results from the rape of a minor or the incest of a minor”, in addition to the rape of an adult woman.
“I think we should have a law at the federal level that would say after 15 weeks, no abortion on demand except for rape, incest and save a mother’s life. And that should be where the ‘America is in it,’ Graham said at a press conference after introducing the bill.
Graham’s bill represents a shift in his own view on abortion law since he discussed Roe’s reversal in August, when he praised the Supreme Court for reversing abortion rulings to the states.
Biden continued at the DNC fundraiser, speaking on the abortion bill: “Well, the good news is – for me, anyway – I’m going to be here for at least another two years, so it may or may not pass, I’m going to veto it. It will not arrive.”
He continued, “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic. My church doesn’t even make that argument now.
The official catechism of the Roman Catholic Church says that “from the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among them the inviolable right of every innocent being to life”.
“Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of any induced abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchanged,” reads the catechism published by The Vatican, which does not refer to situations of rape or incest.
However, opinions of self-identifying Catholics in the United States differ on the issue, with a 56% majority saying abortion should be legal in most or all cases according to the Pew Research Center.
Among professing Catholics who attend Mass weekly or more than once a week, 68% say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.
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