Last updated on August 14, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President, Joe Biden, recently revealed that he still supported the Hyde Amendment. Biden said in a CNN article:
I’ve been working through the final details of my health care plan like others in the race, and I’ve been struggling with the problems that Hyde now presents.
According to the New York Times, Biden told NBC that he maintained his support of the amendment. In response to his stance, he received backlash from activists and politicians who pointed out that the amendment particularly impacted poor women and women of color. Presidential candidate and former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke disagreed with Biden’s comments as well.
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.
According to NPR, the Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976 and is a ban on federal funding going to abortion. Currently, it prohibits the use of federal funds except in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother is in danger.
According to NPR, Biden stated his change in thought was the result of what he felt were extreme laws enacted by Republicans that interfere with Roe v. Wade. He also stated that he wishes to ensure that women have a variety of health services provided to them by expanding Medicaid.
I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need.
According to CNN, Biden reversed his statement Thursday and received praise in response.
“Happy to see Joe Biden embrace what we have long known to be true: Hyde blocks people,” Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood said (courtesy of CNN) “Particularly women of color and women with low incomes- from accessing safe, legal abortion care.”
According to NPR, Biden had supported the Hyde amendment as a senator because he felt it wouldn’t completely keep a woman from being able to have an abortion. To him, the current laws block all avenues.
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