President Biden criticized Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) earlier this week for his proposed federal law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, saying, “My church isn’t even making that argument now.”
“Think what these guys are talking about,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee fundraising campaign in New York City, referring to the bill and Republican supporters.
“No exceptions – rape, incest – no exceptions, regardless of age.”
Earlier this month, three months after the fall of Roe v. Wade, Graham introduced the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act.”
Indeed, the bill contains exceptions in cases of rape, incest and physical danger to the mother’s life. It specifically allows abortion when “the pregnancy is the result of rape of a minor or incest of a minor” in addition to rape of an adult woman.
“I think we should have a law at the federal level that would say no abortion on demand is allowed after 15 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest and saving a mother’s life. And that should be where America is,” Graham said at a news conference after the bill was introduced.
Graham’s bill represents a change in his own opinion on the abortion law since he discussed the overthrow of Roe in August, when he praised the Supreme Court for returning abortion decisions to the states.
Biden continued on the DNC fundraiser, speaking of the proposed abortion law: “Well, the good news is — for me, anyway — I’m going to be around for at least another two years, so he may pass or not, I’m going there.” veto it. It’s not going to happen.”
He continued: “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic. My church isn’t even making that argument now.”
The official catechism of the Roman Catholic Church says that “from the first moment of existence it must be recognized that a person has the rights of a person – including the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
“Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of any abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unalterable,” reads the Vatican’s catechism, which does not refer to rape or incest situations.
However, the views of self-identifying Catholics in the US differ on this issue, with a 56 percent majority saying abortion should be legal in most or all cases, according to the Pew Research Center.
Of professing Catholics who attend Mass weekly or more than once a week, 68 percent say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.