If you take Joe Biden at his word, he intends to do something profoundly evil: codify a "right" to deliberately kill innocent human beings and then use federal dollars to pay for that killing.
Back in 2012, when then-Vice President Biden debated Rep. Paul Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee, Biden conceded a scientific fact -- but postured as if it were a religious proposition.
"With regard to abortion," Biden said, "I accept my church's position on abortion as what we call a de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception. That's the church's judgment. I accept it in my personal life."
But the question of whether human life begins at conception is not ultimately a question of religious doctrine or judgment. It is a question of scientific fact.
At the moment of conception, there is either a new, unique human being who is alive, or there is not. There is no in between.
The fact is that from conception onward there is a genetically unique individual who is both human and alive.
But Biden qualifies his understanding of this scientific fact by describing it as "the church's judgment" and saying, "I accept this in my personal life."
Biden might as well say that he accepts in his personal life that a circle is round.
So, in his "personal life," Biden must understand that for someone to deliberately kill an unborn human being -- whether moments after conception or seconds before birth -- is an act of murder.
But in that same 2012 debate with Paul Ryan, Biden argued that he cannot impose his views about killing unborn human beings on others.
"But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews. I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here," said Biden.
Then he compounded his illogic.
Having just conceded that the life of an unborn child begins at conception, he went on to argue that preventing a woman and her abortionist from killing an unborn child is about the woman's sovereignty over her body.
"I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that, women, they can't control their body," he said. "It's a decision between them and their doctor, in my view, and the Supreme Court. I'm not going to interfere with that."
But once you acknowledge the fact -- as Biden has -- that life begins at conception, you cannot evade the fact that there is not merely a single human body involved in an abortion; there are two.
There is the mother, and there is the child.
Does a mother have a right to kill her child?
Biden clearly has taken the position that she does.
But the fundamental natural law principle on which this nation was founded contradicts Biden. It says that all men are endowed by their Creator with an inalienable right to life.
Now, in his 2020 campaign, Biden is vowing to not only enshrine in American law a "right" to violate the right to life but also to provide federal funding for doing so. He says he will "codify Roe v. Wade" and repeal the Hyde Amendment, which currently prohibits federal funding of most abortions. He also says he will make sure that the Affordable Care Act adds "a public health insurance option like Medicare" that will cover "a woman's constitutional right under Roe v. Wade."
Eight years ago, when Biden admitted that life begins at conception, there had already been 52.6 million babies aborted in the United States in the years since Roe v. Wade, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Since then, abortionists have killed millions more.
In 2017, the latest year reported by Guttmacher, 862,000 additional unborn babies were slaughtered in this country.
That is more than the entire population of Washington, D.C.
"I will draw on the best of us, not the worst," Biden said in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. "I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness."
"The current president," he said, "has cloaked America in darkness for much too long."
Biden and his allies, meanwhile, have spent decades cloaking themselves in the blood of innocents.
Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com.