|Former Vice President Joe Biden|
No doubt that those on the pro choice side are rightly concerned about a woman's autonomy and the need to control her body. But they are off base when they pretend abortion is not more complicated than that. There is indisputably a human being growing inside a pregnant woman. That's why the issue is complex and difficult.
But for Biden, his abortion capitulation is unlikely to end there. Next up will be the issue of third trimester abortion and the subset of those late stage abortions, partial birth abortions. (Yes, partial birth abortion is a real thing and I won't go into the gruesome details over why that descriptive term is used.) While Roe v. Wade provided for a constitutional right to abortion on demand through six months, the then assumed point of viability (which was altered by Planned Parenthood v. Casey), Roe allows states to ban abortion during the third trimester (except for threats to the health of the mother.) But that is a policy choice made by legislative bodies. In the stampede to the left, will all Democratic presidential candidates, including Biden, sign on to this expansion of Roe? According to my Magic Eight Ball the "signs point to yes."
On the right, Republicans fall into the political quicksand when they adopt pro-life laws that don't have the highly popular traditional rape, incest and life of the mother exceptions. Collectively those amount to something like 1% of the abortions performed. While I'm aware of and sympathetic to the argument that "all life is precious" for not including the rape and incest exceptions, it does not seem wise to throw the 99% away because you are fighting for the 100%.
Likewise, third trimester abortions are highly unpopular. They too are rare, making up to about 1% of the abortions performed. Do the Democrats really want to make the abortion battle about defending the highly unpopular 1% instead of the 99% of abortions performed during first and second trimesters?
Pushing Biden to the left on abortion did him, and the Democratic Party, no favors.