In a statement applauding the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down a Louisiana law requiring abortion facilities to maintain the same medical standards as all other surgical centers, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to legal abortion "under any circumstance."
"Women's health care rights have been under attack as states across the country have passed extreme laws restricting women's constitutional right to choice under any circumstance," Biden said. "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that states cannot put in place laws that unduly burden a women's right to make her own health care decisions with her doctor."
Though the Constitution does not specifically mention any right to abortion, in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court found such a right implicit in the "right to privacy" created in the Griswold v. Connecticut birth control ruling just eight years prior.
Warning that Republican state legislatures "will stop at nothing" to overturn that judicial precedent, Biden said his objective as president would be to "codify" the ruling.
"My Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate a woman's protected, constitutional right to choose."
Despite his vigorous defense of abortion as a moral and legal right, the former Vice President said in a 2012 debate with Congressman Paul Ryan that "life begins at conception, that's the church's judgment, and I accept that."
Since that time, however, Biden has articulated his desire to enshrine abortion into federal law, repeal bans on overseas abortion funding, impose Medicare funding for Planned Parenthood on all states, and use tax dollars to fund domestic abortion facilities.