In 1974, then Delaware Senator Joe Biden had a much different stance on abortion rights. He actually disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, arguing women should NOT have the sole right to decide whether to get an abortion.

This comment from Sen. Biden appeared in an interview with Washingtonian Magazine’s Kitty Kelley titled, “Death and the All-American Boy.” The profile which was published roughly 16 months after the Supreme Court ruled the government could not infringe on a woman’s decision to have an abortion.

“But when it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty, and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother. I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far,” Biden said in the interview. “I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body. I support a limited amnesty, and I don’t think marijuana should be legalized.”

However, there is a problem with Biden’s past statements because they come as a stark contrast to his more recent political stances.

“As with much of this article, then-Senator Biden was taken out of context. The Vice President is and has been a long-time supporter of a woman’s right to choose,” a spokesperson with the then-vice president told then-Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim back in 2015.

Biden made the statement during a lengthy diatribe about how he was not willing to fall in line with the positions of the Democrat Party.

Then Delaware Senator Joe Biden voted to let states overturn Roe v. Wade.

I don’t care how that damn Americans for Democratic Action rates me. Those ADA ratings get us into so much trouble that a lot of us sit around thinking up ways to vote conservative just so we don’t come out with a liberal rating. When it comes to civil rights and civil liberties, I’m a liberal but that’s it. I’m really quite conservative on most other issues. My wife said I was the most socially conservative man she had ever known. I’m a screaming liberal when it comes to senior citizens because I really think they are getting screwed. I’m a liberal on health care because I believe it is a birthright of every human being—not just some damn privilege to be meted out to a few people. But when it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty, and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother. I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far. I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body. I support a limited amnesty, and I don’t think marijuana should be legalized. Now, if you still think I’m a liberal, let me tell you that I support the draft. I’m scared to death of a professional army. I vote my own way and it is not always with the Democrats. I did vote for George McGovern, of course, but I would have voted for Mickey Mouse against Richard Nixon. I despise that man.

With the hard lurch to the left by those in the Democrat Party, it will be interesting to see how the former Vice President will explain his past statements on the abortion issue.


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