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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Ottumwa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney) ANALYSIS/OPINION: Joe Biden has held a consistent, if consistently incoherent, position on abortion for decades. Singing from the same hymnal as many other Roman Catholic Democrats, the onetime U.S. senator for Delaware and vice president of the United States, professes that for religious reasons he is “personally” opposed to abortion. Yet — and here’s the twist — he does not want to prohibit the procedure. “My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society,” he put it in his memoir, “Promises to Keep,” in 2007. It’s an affront to logic, to be sure. If someone truly believes that abortion snuffs out a human life, as Mr. Biden ’s faith teaches, it makes no sense to support making it legal. It’s as illogical as saying he’s “personally” opposed to sexual assault, but thinks it should be legal anyway because he shouldn’t “impose” his sexual-assault views on everybody else. Only on as vexed a subject as abortion politics could a politician get away with something so transparently incoherent. As part of the vice president’s views on abortion, Mr. Biden has opposed late-term government-paid abortions. This trying to have it both ways is meant to convey moderation, which is the former veep’s political calling card. “I’ve stuck to my middle-of-the-road […]

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