2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden flipped on another abortion policy, calling for the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to be enshrined in law after voting for a constitutional amendment to allow states to overturn the decision.
While speaking to a Planned Parenthood forum in South Carolina on Saturday, Biden — one of 23 Democrats running for president — said that he would support codifying the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade if he is elected to the nation’s highest office, Politico reported Saturday.
“It should be the law,” said the former vice president.
As Roe v. Wade was a court decision, it is not legislatively a part of federal law.
However; this position proves to be the latest in a string of flip-flops for Biden.
While the former vice president served in his second term as a senator from Delaware, he joined Republicans in March 1982 in supporting a constitutional amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow states to individually overturn the landmark court decision.
The National Abortion Rights Action League called the proposed amendment “the most devastating attack yet on abortion rights.”
Biden — a Roman Catholic — said this decision was “the single most difficult vote I’ve cast as a U.S. senator” and at the time said that he was “probably a victim, or a product, however you want to phrase it, of [his] background.”
The amendment did not hit the full Senate floor that year and Biden flipped on the issue the next year when it came back up again.
Biden’s senatorial flip serves as a precursor to his current predicament, where he has flipped on the controversial Hyde Amendment multiple times.
President Donald Trump has also noted the fips from the former vice president, pointing out that Biden keeps taking back everything he says “two weeks later because he keeps getting slammed by the left.”