ABC journalist: Biden not pro-abortion enough

An ABC/AP journalist writes that Biden once voted to outlaw getting “around parental consent laws.”
Fri Oct 12, 2012 - 2:22 pm EST

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 12, 2012, ( – Although the Obama administration is frequently described as “the most pro-abortion administration in history,” Vice President Joe Biden’s views are not pro-abortion enough for some in the media.

On the eve of last night’s vice presidential debate, ABC “freelance journalist” Sarah Parnass posted an article calling Biden “an imperfect messenger for supporters of abortion rights.”

Biden, she wrote, “has not been unwavering throughout his career in support of the right to choose.”

Although as a U.S. Senator Biden “voted to establish fines and penalties for barring access to abortion clinics, he repeatedly voted to ban so-called ‘partial-birth abortions.’”

Parnass added that Biden and then-Senator Barack Obama had voted to outlaw transporting a minor across state lines to have an abortion “in order to get around parental consent laws.”

The article noted the vice president’s self-declared “personal” opposition to abortion, noting that Biden will “take his cues from the Roman Catholic church on this question.” 

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In the debate, Biden said he accepts the “de fide doctrine” that life begins at conception in his “personal life,” but added that he refuses “to impose it on equally devout Christians, and Muslims and and Jews.”

Biden has long clashed with his Church’s leadership that abortion represents a violation of natural law that should not be condoned by law, saying such views are “inappropriate in a pluralistic society.” 

In his 2007 book Promises to Keep, Biden wrote that he opposes “federal funding” of abortion and has voted against it. However, the Obama administration has reversed the Mexico City policy that prohibited such funding going to abortion organizations overseas, while abortion will also be funded under various provisions of Obama’s health care reform law.

By contrast, Parnass classified Republican Paul Ryan’s views as “unmistakably far to the right on the issue of abortion.” During the debate, Ryan said he believes life begins at conception, and “the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.” 

Parnass notes on her website that she has “reported on national news from education policy to national security as a Global News Intern at The Associated Press,” the world’s largest and most influential news service.

  abc, media bias, sarah parnass

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