What the Biden presidency means for the pro-life movement

Here’s an excerpt of an article I wrote for the Biblical Recorder ahead of the inauguration of President Biden.

As the nation waits for Joe Biden to take the oath of office on Jan. 20, the issue of life is on the minds of many Southern Baptists. Defending the sanctity of every human life and protecting children in the womb has, for decades, been at the center of Southern Baptist social teaching and political engagement. And with an incoming Democratic administration committed to securing and expanding access to abortion, those dedicated to the cause of life are right to ask what a Biden presidency means for the future of the pro-life movement.

Consider the views of the president-elect on abortion, which have shifted dramatically throughout his political career. As a 30-year-old Senator in 1973, Biden opposed the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. At the time, he said the Court went “too far” and that it was a mistake to suggest that when it came to abortion a woman had the “sole right to say what should happen to her body.” But despite his personal objections to abortion, which Biden attributes to his Catholic faith, he would not only join the majority of his party in embracing the Roe decision but become a staunch supporter of abortion rights.

Read the rest here.