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When Joe Biden Voted to Let States Overturn Roe v. Wade
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50473"><span class="small">Lisa Lerer, The New York Times</span></a>   
Sunday, 31 March 2019 08:36

Lerer writes: "It was a new era in Washington in 1981, and abortion rights activists were terrified."

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 1981. His changing record on abortion is getting fresh scrutiny as he considers running for president in a Democratic primary where women are expected to make up a majority of voters. (photo: George Tames/NYT)
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 1981. His changing record on abortion is getting fresh scrutiny as he considers running for president in a Democratic primary where women are expected to make up a majority of voters. (photo: George Tames/NYT)


When Joe Biden Voted to Let States Overturn Roe v. Wade

By Lisa Lerer, The New York Times

31 March 19

 

t was a new era in Washington in 1981, and abortion rights activists were terrified.

With an anti-abortion president, Ronald Reagan, in power and Republicans controlling the Senate for the first time in decades, social conservatives pushed for a constitutional amendment to allow individual states to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that had made abortion legal nationwide several years earlier.

The amendment — which the National Abortion Rights Action League called “the most devastating attack yet on abortion rights” — cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 1982. Support came not only from Republicans but from a 39-year-old, second-term Democrat: Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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+21 # chapdrum 2019-03-31 10:26
On top of his later support for the disallowance of student debt removal for those unfortunate enough to have to file for bankruptcy, and for paving the way for Clarence Thomas to "ascend" to the SupCt.
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-03-31 13:31
Neither Government nor Religion should be involved with a woman's right to choose. It is SOLELY a woman's decision. Go home Joe Biden. We don't need you. Vote Progressive. It is our only hope.
 
 
+3 # johnescher 2019-03-31 13:50
A nice guy who is overly much for the status quo. With no chance now of being reborn with new, exciting and provocative views. He may not THINK he's tired but he is. He's part of a pretty good past administration- - relatively speaking-- but one that simply wasn't passionate enough for the wholesale change in values and structure the country and world needs from us now.

On a train trip from Detroit to Toronto I recently tried to count the windmills I saw but lost the number as I was coming up on the second thousand.

We have wind and solar but nothing like a lot of more forward-looking countries. Germany is what, 45 per cent renewables? We are far behind. One should blame all American politician-lagg ards, put maximum pressure on them to shape up, vote in young blood or an old and experienced person with young blood.
 
 
+3 # Wise woman 2019-03-31 13:58
I do hope the progressives make it a point of bringing up all the nasties in Joe's long career. There are so many of them that each one could focus on just a couple and that would be sufficient to end his run for the presidency should be decide to go for it. I'm wondering if he's been waiting to see how long the collective memory would prevail that would shut down any of his prospects.
 
 
+3 # johnescher 2019-03-31 14:00
Also, kissing a woman on the back of her head can never help put a man in the White House the way pussy-grabbing did.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2019-03-31 20:15
Joe Biden and the New York Slimes--partner s in equivocation. What do they think "democracy" means, anyway?
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2019-04-01 05:12
The times call for clarity not for waffling. This leaves Biden at a definite disadvantage because he doesn't always take a strong position on certain controversial issues like right to abortion.

Additionally, he sometimes bends the truth. After Trump we don't need a chief executive who shades reality. Like Biden is not the most progressive leader in America. Bernie Sanders lays claim, and legitimately, to that title.

So I think Biden should not enter in the race for president in 20/20. Stay on the sidelines, Joe, and watch the show.
 
 
0 # MikeAF48 2019-04-01 08:26
Joe Biden different subject Joe is a toucher I don't see anything wrong when he touches a woman in a public setting he has good vibes. No wrong doing here he can sense his options.
 
 
0 # kundrol 2019-04-01 11:33
The DNC loves him.