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Biden Vows to Legalize Nationwide Killing of Unborn Babies!

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Thirty-five years ago, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, who was then serving as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, gave a speech explaining why he was going to vote against confirming Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.

Biden spoke as a self-proclaimed "child of God" and claimed his opposition to Bork was all about God-given rights.

"I believe that all Americans are born with certain inalienable rights, certain God-given rights that they have, not because the Constitution says they have them," Biden said in the text of a speech preserved in the Congressional Record. "I have rights because I exist, in spite of my government, not because of my government."

"As a child of God, my rights are not derived from the majority, the State or the Constitution," said Biden. "Rather, they were given to me and to each of our fellow citizens by the creator and represent the essence of human dignity.

"It is with this spirit that the framers of our Constitution met in Philadelphia 200 years ago," he said.

Twenty-five years after he expressed this point of view, as this column has noted before, Biden discussed his views on abortion in a vice presidential debate with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.


Martha Raddatz of ABC News, who moderated that debate, insisted on inserting the candidates' religion into the abortion issue. "We have two Catholic candidates, first time, on a stage such as this," said Raddatz. "And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion."

Ryan, who is pro-life, said that "reason and science" informed his position.

"Now, you want to ask basically why I'm pro-life?" said Ryan. "It's not simply because of my Catholic faith. That's a factor, of course. But it's also because of reason and science."

"Now, I believe that life begins at conception," he said. "That's why -- those are the reasons why I'm pro-life."


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