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Biden Reaffirms Support for Ban on Federal Funds for Abortion
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50937"><span class="small">Emily Shugerman and Hanna Trudo, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Thursday, 06 June 2019 12:49

Excerpt: "Joe Biden set himself apart from his Democratic competitors Tuesday by affirming his support for the Hyde Amendment, a law barring federal funds for abortion services, except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger."

Joe Biden. (photo: Reuters)
Joe Biden. (photo: Reuters)

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Biden Reaffirms Support for Ban on Federal Funds for Abortion

By Emily Shugerman and Hanna Trudo, The Daily Beast

06 June 19

His opposition to repealing the Hyde Amendment puts him in stark opposition with most of the 2020 Democratic frontrunners.

oe Biden set himself apart from his Democratic competitors Tuesday by affirming his support for the Hyde Amendment, a law barring federal funds for abortion services, except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger.

The former vice president’s campaign team told NBC News that Biden does not support repealing the 1976 law, which has become unpopular with Democratic candidates this election cycle.

The statement differentiated him from 2020 frontrunners like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg—all of whom have pledged to repeal the amendment. It also set him at odds with the 2016 Democratic platform, which specifically called for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, putting him in a potentially awkward position should he become the 2020 nominee.

“We are committed to our official Democratic Party platform, which is very clear on this issue. We support every woman's fundamental right to make decisions about her own body with her doctor and the repeal of the Hyde Amendment,” said Elizabeth Renda, DNC Women’s Media Director.

The announcement also drew outcry from reproductive-rights groups, who feel the law unfairly bars low-income women from accessing abortion. Even groups that generally do not speak out against other Democrats, such as Emily's List, NARAL and Planned Parenthood, put out statement's condemning it.

"At a time when reproductive rights are under consistent attack, it's unacceptable that a major Democratic nominee supports the Hyde Amendment," Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement. "We hope that Vice President Joe Biden will reconsider this position and what it means to millions of women."

A source at Emily's List told The Daily Beast that they typically do not go after other Democrats, but that Biden's comments were so far outside of the party's stance they felt compelled to respond. A source inside a reproductive rights organization said they felt called to comment because they hadn't seen such a stark departure from a Democratic candidate so far, and wanted supporters to know they would not change their position.

The comment also elicited confusion, as Biden told an ACLU volunteer just last month that he would commit to abolishing the law. “It can’t stay,” he said at the time.

But Biden’s campaign said Tuesday, according to CNN, that the former vice president misheard that volunteer and thought she was referring to the Mexico City Rule, which requires foreign non-governmental organizations certify they do not support or provide abortion services before receiving U.S. funding.

As such, the campaign said, Biden has not changed his opinion on Hyde.

Biden—a devout Roman Catholic—personally opposes abortion, but is more liberal when it comes to reproductive rights as public policy. He previously believed that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, but now says he supports the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the country. He recently decried state laws prohibiting abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

The ex-veep voted in favor of the Hyde Amendment throughout his Senate career, but has recently faced calls to change his position as public opinion has turned against the law.

“There’s no political or ideological excuse for Joe Biden’s support for the Hyde Amendment, which translates into discrimination against poor women and women of color plain and simple," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

"Differentiating himself from the field this way will not earn Joe Biden any political points and will bring harm to women who are already most vulnerable.”

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+9 # indian weaving 2019-06-06 13:15
Just another cruel white man, the worst, and what we need least on planet earth anymore.
+10 # DongiC 2019-06-06 13:42
Biden shows his true colors. He is so out of touch with the values of the Democratic Party. Nominating him will just about guarantee a Trump victory and a final dissolution of our beloved republic. Please, say it isn't so that Biden is leading in the polls.
+9 # 1dfnslblty 2019-06-06 17:19
The question remains to be answered: ¿Why is this dinosaur even a possible candidate?
He’s as out-of-touch as any republican, and certainly not The People's hero.
MSMedian is making money on The People's ignorance.
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-07 05:40
All of these stories about what Biden really stands for are mounting up like the wind up of a place kicker. The first Democratic party presidential debate is June 26 and 27. The big question in my mind is whether Biden will make it to this debate or not. If he makes it, his views will be pointed out by his opponents and he will get the boot in the rear end very quickly.

This is also another reason why we need Medicare for All. Congress should not ban a particular medical procedure that is otherwise legal for people. And "Federal funds" are not someone else's money. Federal funds are the money we pay in taxes so that the government can support programs people want and need. The Hyde Amendment seems like an abuse of power.

Biden is a Catholic and personally opposes abortion. That's what "choice" means. He can choose his own life decisions. Others should have the same right. It is just abusive for him to make these choices for others.
+2 # lfeuille 2019-06-07 17:33
He as flipped since this statement. i guess reality finally caught up with him. But how can anyone trust him after decades of defending the Hyde Amendment he switches because of polling data? He's a loser.