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Biden Reverses His Position on Abortion Rights, Again
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49007"><span class="small">Sophie Weiner, Splinter</span></a>   
Friday, 07 June 2019 08:34

Weiner writes: "One day after he was torn to shreds by a righteous Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden decided that maybe he does support repealing the Hyde Amendment after all."

Joe Biden joins Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti at a campaign stop in Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2019. (photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)
Joe Biden joins Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti at a campaign stop in Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2019. (photo: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

Biden Reverses His Position on Abortion Rights, Again

By Sophie Weiner, Splinter

07 June 19


ne day after he was torn to shreds by a righteous Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden decided that maybe he does support repealing the Hyde Amendment after all, according to CNN.

The Hyde Amendment, which was put in place in 1977 (Biden voted for it), prevents federal funding from going to most abortion providers. The law makes is more difficult for many low income women to access vital healthcare.

In the recent past, Biden said he still supported upholding the amendment. Last month, he briefly changed his mind, telling the ACLU that the law “can’t stay,” but his campaign later backtracked.

Now, Biden has changed his mind about the long-standing law AGAIN.

“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code,” Biden said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

Biden says he changed his mind because Republicans have enacted “extreme laws in clear violation of constitutional rights” limiting abortion rights across the U.S. But that was true yesterday, too, and it didn’t seem to sway Biden then.

The former vice president added that he makes “no apologies” for his previous support of the law.

“But circumstances have changed. I’ve been working through the final details of my health care plan like others in this race and I’ve been struggling with the problems that Hyde now presents,” Biden continued.

“I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to... exercise their constitutionally protected right,” he added.

He isn’t saying it, but it seems likely Biden’s change of heart had something to do with Warren’s impassioned response to a question about the amendment last night on MSNBC, which quickly went viral.

Warren told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday that “women of means” in states with strict abortion restrictions “will still have access to abortions.”

“Who won’t [have access], will be poor women, will be working women, will be women who can’t afford to take off three days of work, will be very young women, will be women who’ve been raped, will be women who have been molested by someone in their own family,” she said. “We do not pass laws that take away that freedom from the women who are the most vulnerable.”

Biden also faced attacks from other 2020 competitors yesterday over his continued support of the amendment.

“No woman’s access to reproductive health care should be based on how much money she has. We must repeal the Hyde Amendment,” Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted.

“The vice president is absolutely wrong on this one. This is going to deny necessary health care to lower-income women and disproportionately to women who live in communities of color,” Beto O’Rourke told CNN.

Biden’s conciliation is a positive development, and it sure isn’t going to be the last time that he’s tugged to the left by his 2020 rivals. If he’s lucky enough to get into office, the trick will be keeping him to these promises.

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-8 # Barebonesart 2019-06-07 10:33
Poor Joe. He was born in a different time and is now being castigated because of votes he made in that different time. Don't we all evolve over our lifetimes? I sure hope so, and know that I don't believe now as I did when I was a teen, a young adult, a middle aged adult. What I held fast through those other ages doesn't even resemble how I believe now. I'll give Joe the benefit of the doubt that he has learned through life as I have, even though he is younger than I.
+8 # Moxa 2019-06-07 16:25
This isn't about evolving. It is about flip flopping back and forth, based on people's reactions to his positions. It has nothing to do with evolution or authenticity.

Biden is a man without a strong moral compass. I hope that people understand this before it is too late.
+9 # apotem 2019-06-07 12:18
Whichever way the wind is blowing at the moment - Joe's motto
0 # elizabethblock 2019-06-07 12:35
There's something - not much, but something - to be said for a politician who will bend to public pressure.
+5 # Moxa 2019-06-07 18:16
Not if the bending is calculated on which position will do him the most good politically. He is clearly ready to bend EITHER way, depending on which seems more advantageous.
+3 # Street Level 2019-06-07 16:25
..barring federal funding for abortion...exce pt in the case of incest, rape or Biden.
+3 # DongiC 2019-06-07 18:53
Joe looks a little transparent by his various shifts on the Hyde Amendment. His superficiality and expediency are laid bare for all to see. And, this guy hopes to be President of the United States? After Trump's deplorable administration. He can't be serious.