On Tuesday, President Joe Biden, who claims to be Catholic, expressed his stance on abortion, stating that while he personally does not support it, he believes the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade was the correct one. He made these remarks during a fundraising event with approximately 100 donors in Chevy Chase, Maryland. As a practicing Catholic, Biden acknowledged his reservations about abortion but affirmed his agreement with the landmark ruling.
In addition, the president criticized the recent legislative efforts in various states to restrict access to abortion. The Guttmacher Institute reports that thirteen states have implemented total bans on abortion, while twenty-four states have either banned or imposed restrictions on the procedure following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.
According to Newsmax, President Biden, the second Catholic president in American history after John F. Kennedy, has taken actions to safeguard access to the abortion pill, increase availability of contraception, and support family planning. The Hill noted that Biden rarely uses the term “abortion” explicitly. For instance, during a recent fundraiser, he referred to it as a “remedial operation” while defending the Department of Defense’s abortion policy, which has caused delays in military promotions due to Senator Tommy Tuberville’s objections.
During his speech on June 19 in San Francisco, Biden highlighted the policy’s significance for military personnel facing complicated pregnancies in states with restrictive abortion laws. He emphasized that these individuals would be granted leave and financial support to seek necessary medical care elsewhere.
“Because the military said if you’re in the military, and you’re having a troubled pregnancy, and you’re in a state where you’re not allowed to see the doctor performing any remedial operation on you, then you can get paid — you can have leave to go to where you can do that,” Biden said on June 19.