Biden on Texas Abortion Law: 'Sort of Vigilante System' (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
By Solange Reyner | Friday, 03 September 2021 04:24 PM
President Joe Biden on Friday continued to slam the new Texas abortion law, saying he doesn’t agree with the Catholic teaching that life begins at conception, a drastic change in his position from six years ago.
Biden, during a press conference, said the new law creates a ''sort of vigilante system'' because the ban is to be enforced by citizens who can sue anyone who may have aided in an abortion. He also instructed the Department of Justice to examine whether it could limit the action of citizens enforcing the law.
The law bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy or after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
"I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade, number one," the president said when he was asked about his message to women in Texas. "And the most pernicious thing about the Texas law, it sort of creates a vigilante system where people get rewards to go out to — anyway."
He also said the law seems ''un-American.''
"I was told there are possibilities within the existing law to have the Justice Department look and see whether there are things that can be done that can limit the independent action of individuals in enforcing a federal — a state law," the president continued. "I don't know enough to give you an answer yet; I've asked that to be checked."
Biden in 2008 and 2015 said he thought life began at conception.
"I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view," he said during an interview in 2015.
In 2008, he also said: "I’m prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception."
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Friday told Newsmax the hot-button issue is ''not something that’s religiously specific. It’s not a religious doctrine. It’s a matter of fundamental human rights and fundamental moral issues.''