Biden Confirms He’s For Abortion On Demand, Or In Biden-Speak ‘The Three Trimesters’

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks about abortion access during a Democratic National Committee event at the Howard Theatre, Oct. 18, 2022, in Washington. A trio of top reproductive rights groups are endorsing President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Emily's List are throwing their early support behind the reelection effort in part to highlight the importance of the issue for Democrats heading into the election year, leaders told the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Joe Biden delivered remarks that have since sparked a whirlwind of reactions regarding his stance on abortion. Amid the contentious political debate surrounding the issue, Biden’s message seemed to present a contradiction, leading to confusion among listeners and subsequent media attention.

The uproar followed Biden’s assertion contrasting his position with that of former President Donald Trump’s policies. While criticizing Trump’s accolades regarding the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, Biden stated, “Trump is bragging about turning over another basic freedom.”

Biden was adamant about opposing any efforts by what he described as “MAGA Republicans” to institute a national prohibition: “If MAGA Republicans try to pass a national ban on a woman’s right to choose, I will veto it,” he vowed. The pledge received applause from his audience, which was noticeably supportive of pro-choice policies.

However, during this same event over the weekend, Biden made a puzzling statement linking his stance with the landmark abortion ruling: “I love how Trump is saying Biden is for abortion on demand. Not true. That’s not what Roe v. Wade said. It said the three trimesters.” Here, the confusion stemmed from Biden claiming not to be in favor of “abortion on demand” but asserting support for abortion throughout all three trimesters of pregnancy.

This mixed messaging prompted a wave of reactions from different individuals and media outlets, many expressing bewilderment at the incoherence in Biden’s articulation of his views. Critics pointed out the seeming inconsistency of advocating for abortion rights across all trimesters while simultaneously distancing from the notion of unrestricted access to the procedure.

Biden remained enthusiastic, if not challenged by his earlier comments, and moved on to assure his audience that under his presidency, he’d work toward reinstating protections for abortion rights: “Then Biden stared intently towards the audience and promised that if he were elected, he’d “bring back Roe v. Wade.” The promise was met with further cheers, notwithstanding the earlier confusion. As the campaign continues, it appears that clarity on this issue will be sought by voters and commentators alike.