Biden Says Pro-Lifers Have A Place In The Democratic Party (VIDEO)

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Vice President Joe Biden said there is a place for pro-life Americans in the Democratic Party and he is unprepared to “impose” his own views on abortion onto others, in an extended interview released Monday from America Media, a Catholic media organization.

“It has been, it has been hard in one sense, because I’m prepared to accept de fide doctrine on a whole range of issues as a Catholic,” Biden said.

Biden is not prepared to “impose” his views on others.

“I’m prepared to accept as a matter of faith, my wife and I, my family, the issue of abortion, but what I’m not prepared to do is impose a rigid view, a precise view — rigid sounds pejorative — a precise view that is born out of my faith on other people who are equally God fearing, equally committed to life, equally committed to the scanty of life,” he told Father Matt Malone, S.J., the editor of America. “I’m not prepared to say that to other godfearing (and) non-godfearing people who have a different view.”

Biden said he believes there is a place for those who are pro-life in the Democratic Party.

“Absolutely. Absolutely, positively,” Biden said. “And that’s been my position as long as I’ve been engaged.”

Watch the full interview, from America Media, below. His comments on abortion can be found at 13:36:

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  1. …equally committed to the scanty [sic] of life…

    Either a bad typo or perhaps referring to the few remaining NRA “Democrats”

  2. Avatar for hoagie hoagie says:

    This is what is called being “pro-choice.” I think most of us are “pro-life.”

  3. The Democrats ARE the pro-life party (government assistance when needed, supporting living wages and working conditions, preventing climate disasters, diplomacy before war, etc.)

    The GOP is only the “anti-abortion” party (and then ignore, if not obstruct, living people with needs).

  4. I guessed they meant “sanctity.”

  5. Me too. I’m just being a curmudgeon.

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