President Joe Biden in 2015 said he was “prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being,” a drastic shift from what he told reporters this week, confessing he fundamentally disagreed with that view in the wake of Texas’s pro-life law taking effect.
“I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and all. … I respect that. Don’t agree. But I respect that,” Biden, a self-proclaimed Catholic, told reporters after a White House speech.
That view represents a dramatic shift from the position he touted during an interview in 2015.
“I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a 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 at the time, although he attempted to couch the position, explaining he was “not prepared to impose” on others “doctrine that [he’s] prepared to accept”: