UPDATE, 11:50a: The New York Times has a story today on Biden’s attempted parse on the abortion issue [HT: moderator Chris]:

… Biden’s views… came at a time when his party is confronted with a new face: Gov. Sarah Palin… whose anti-abortion stance and decision to give birth just 5 months ago to a baby with Down syndrome have revved up the conservative base of her party.
In the interview Sunday, Mr. Biden tried to walk the line between the staunch abortion-rights advocates in his party and his own religious beliefs.

IMO, that line is becoming increasingly difficult to traverse.

For a topic no one cares about according to MSM, pollsters, and liberals, the abortion issue sure is getting a lot of coverage. I love it. Think about who doesn’t want to talk about such things as when life begins: only pro-aborts.
Yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw asked puffy-eyed Joe Biden (not enough sleep or too much to drink – or both?) how he might instruct self-professed ignorant Barack Obama on when life begins….

Biden, a pro-abortion Catholic, responded:

I’m prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception. But that is my judgment. For me to impose that judgment on everyone else who is equally and maybe even more devout than I am seems to me is inappropriate in a pluralistic society.

Biden, like Obama, attempted to make this a religious question.
But it is much more than that. It is a scientific, medical, and constitutional question.
When do science and medicine say human life begins? At conception. This isn’t some vague concept.
What about the Constitution? 35 years ago US Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in the Roe v. Wade decision:

The appellee … argue that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the 14th Amendment … If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.

35 years ago one could not watch human fertilization with a microscope or view early life with 4D ultrasound. Were personhood to be an issue before the US Supreme Court today, as Blackmun stated, the other side’s argument would “collapse.”
I love that Brokaw quoted NY’s Cardinal Egan, too, basically calling Biden, Pelosi, and Obama unfit for office.

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