Will Joe Biden Flip-Flopping On The Hyde Amendment Be Seen As A Sign Of Weakness?
Presidential Democratic candidate for the 2020 race, Joe Biden, showed his support once again for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions.
Biden flip-flopped on the issue in one day after Democratic rivals and women’s rights groups attacked the presidential candidate.
“A woman has the constitutional right to control her own body, that right must apply to all women, including low-income women,” said presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. ”That’s why I have consistently voted against the Hyde Amendment and, why as president, I would eliminate it.”
“Absolutely opposed to the idea that a woman is not going to have an ability to exercise her choice based on how much money she’s got,” said Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris to reporters on Capitol Hill.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said in a CBS News interviews that as president he “would make sure to repeal to the Hyde amendment.”
Biden was in attendance at DNC “IWillVote” Gala last week in Atlanta and addressed the crowd on the reversal of his support for the Hyde Amendment.
“I have supported the Hyde amendment as many, many others have because there was sufficient monies and circumstances where women were able to exercise that right, women of color, poor women, women were not able to have access,” said Biden.”But circumstances have changed.”
“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 continued.
Congressman Henry Hyde introduced the Hyde Amendment and it passed Congress in 1977, which prohibited federal funds from being used for abortions. In the early 1990’s, Congress made changes to the amendment by making exceptions to save the life of the woman, rape or incest.
With the passage of the Hyde Amendment, there are currently 16 states that use their own state funds to pay for abortions.
With the 2020 election race heating up, time will tell if Biden’s flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment could negatively affect him in the polls.