Biden abruptly drops support for 'discriminatory' abortion rule
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2019,
Jun 07, 2019, 7:18
The Hyde amendment is a 40-year-old provision that bans the federal government from paying for abortion care through Medicaid, the government program that provides health insurance to roughly 17 million U.S. women of reproductive age.
When Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was asked about Biden's position during an MSNBC town hall on Wednesday night, she described it as an issue of inequality, because of the impact of the amendment on low-income women on Medicaid. Biden, who holds a commanding lead in the crowded 2020 Democratic field, is no stranger to plagiarism accusations.
Sen. Cory Booker of NY and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg have previously pledged to repeal Hyde, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tim Ryan of OH and Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, tweeted their opposition to the amendment Wednesday.
As such, not only do the Democrats want to impeach the president because they dislike him immensely, they also need to push impeachment so as to distract the American public from the party's obvious identity problem and its inability to take a definitive stance on the issues that are important to Americans. On Capitol Hill, California Sen.
Asking the question is getting more and more meaningless since Texas remains a very solid red state, under most circumstances.
Meanwhile, here's a flashback to 2007 when Biden said abortion isn't a "guaranteed right".
As a reminder, abortion isn't healthcare.
In recent days, Biden has resurfaced at some smaller campaign stops in New Hampshire.
Scott Brennan, a former Iowa Democratic Party chairman, said Biden's strength in early polls allows him to "get a pass" from some of the criticism for now. "Perhaps he doesn't have all the facts".
Of course, as Politico pointed out, most of these lawmakers have themselves voted for the Hyde Amendment, sometimes repeatedly, because it is usually attached to large spending bills, and there's nothing Democrats enjoy more than spending taxpayers' money. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a 2020 presidential candidate, told Cheddar in an interview over the week.
After an event in SC in May, Biden was asked by a volunteer for the American Civil Liberties Union in an exchange that was captured on film about whether he would "commit to abolishing the Hyde Amendment".
His 2020 Democratic foes had also sharply criticized him Wednesday, when NBC News first reported that - despite video of Biden telling an ACLU volunteer in SC last month that the Hyde Amendment "can't stay" - his campaign said he actually supported the measure.
He repeated this week his support for Roe, telling a crowd it is "the law of the land" and "a woman has a right to choose".
Mr Biden also admitted to plagiarising for a law school assignment while studying at Syracuse University.
That position aligns the former vice president with the man he's trying to unseat next year, President Donald Trump.
Biden has said in the past he agrees with his church's opposition to abortion personally but doesn't think the government should impose his views on others.
"Those of us who are opposed to abortions should not be compelled to pay for them", he wrote to constituents in 1994, according to NBC News. Later in June, he'll spend two days at the SC state party convention, an important stop ahead of the South's first primary and the first nominating contest to feature a large black contingent.
Mike Williams, interim co-executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, acknowledged that the Biden campaign used language from publicly available documents on the group's website, but he said the organization appreciates the emphasis campaigns have put on climate change. Dianne Feinstein said in an interview, "I respect Joe".