Biden’s Abortion Non-judgmentalism | National Review

Biden’s Abortion Non-judgmentalism | National Review

President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 1, 2022. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via Reuters)

A reporter on the South Lawn asked President Biden a rather pointed question yesterday about his support for abortion: “Why do you support abortion as a Catholic, defying church teaching?”

“I’ll tell you what, I don’t want to get into a debate with you on theology, but you know . . . well anyway,” Biden said.

When the reporter made a second attempt, Biden replied, “I’m not going to make a judgment for other people.”

Throughout his long career, Biden has attempted just about every excuse in the book to explain his choice to support legal, elective abortion while also presenting himself for communion as a practicing member of the Catholic Church, which denounces abortion in no uncertain terms as a grave moral evil.

Declining to “make a judgment for other people” is something of a new one, though it’s a variation on a classic defense of abortion used by those who call themselves “personally pro-life” or who claim the moniker “pro-choice” as opposed to “pro-abortion.”

Other versions of this line include, “I would never have an abortion, but I won’t make that decision for others” and “If you don’t like abortions, don’t have one.”

But as we’re all willing to acknowledge when it comes to moral evils other than abortion, this line of thinking doesn’t get you very far when it comes to debates over the law. The reporter, presumably, was not asking the president to pass personal judgment on women who have obtained abortions; he was asking, yet again, how Biden squares the circle of proclaiming his Catholic faith while backing unlimited legal abortion.

Moreover, every law must necessarily make a judgment of some kind about what is right and what isn’t — or, at the very least, about what is needed keep a society running in a smooth and orderly fashion. Just as it would make little sense to demur on a question about anti-slavery laws or traffic signals by refusing to “make a judgment for other people,” it makes little sense for Biden to hide behind non-judgmentalism when it comes to killing unborn human beings, a practice abhorred by the church he claims.

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