Benjamin Watson, a recently retired NFL player, criticized Joe Biden for saying that Roe v. Wade “must remain the law of the land.” Biden made the comment during a town hall event this week.
Overturning the landmark decision, the Christian athlete said, “would correctly return the issue to the states, where the people and their state governments will decide whether to deprive any person of life, liberty and property.:
Biden made his comments defending Roe v. Wade after a woman asked how he plans to protect abortion access, particularly following President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Despite Barrett having said in the past she does not see the right to abortion going away, progressives have argued ad nauseam the jurist could spark the undoing of the high court’s decades-old decision.
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“No. 1, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to … overrule Roe,” Biden said. “And the only thing — the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”
Trump tweeted that Democrats “are fully in favor of (very) late term abortion, right up until the time of birth, and beyond — which would be execution.”
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He also referenced Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who suggested in January 2019 that he supports post-birth infanticide. Northam made the remarks during his defense of a bill that would have codified a woman’s right to access abortion up until the point of birth, even if the mother is showing signs of labor. The governor, though, took it a step further, seemingly endorsing termination after birth.
Watson’s comments on Roe come as the Senate this week takes up the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Surpeme Court.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice