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PoliticsBiden 'misheard' ACLU activist's question about Hyde Amendment: campaign

01:45  06 june  2019
01:45  06 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Joe Biden says he still supports ban on federal funding of abortions, after apparent reversal

Joe Biden says he still supports ban on federal funding of abortions, after apparent reversal Joe Biden's stance on abortion came under attack on Wednesday after his campaign confirmed that the former vice president still supports the controversial Hyde Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, that bars federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest. Biden's position is consistent with the views he held while serving in the Senate. But it marks a departure from the rest of the sprawling Democratic field. Biden's continued support of the Hyde Amendment, first reported by NBC News, comes about a month after Biden said that he opposed the amendment.

Joe Biden greets supporters after speaking during a campaign rally in Philadelphia, Pa., May 18 “It can’t stay,” Biden said of the Hyde amendment during an exchange with an ACLU activist earlier this Our volunteer Nina asked Joe Biden whether, as president, he would lift the Hyde amendment

In U. S . politics, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. Legislation, including the Hyde Amendment

Biden 'misheard' ACLU activist's question about Hyde Amendment: campaign© Reuters Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden departs after a campaign stop at Chez Vachon restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign said on Wednesday that the 2020 frontrunner "misheard" a question that effectively fed speculation that he'd flip-flopped on his support for the Hyde Amendment, a law blocking federal funding for abortion.

According to his campaign, Biden thought the woman was asking about the Mexico City policy -- a ban, revived by President Trump's administration, on international aid for groups that either promote or provide abortions.

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But recently he told an ACLU activist at a South Carolina event that the compromise “can’t stay,” as Democrats are trying to frame the debate as a question of access, saying that abortion is a right In 2016, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called for repealing it during the campaign and

Biden told an ACLU activist about his changed position earlier this month, National Review reports. "It can't stay," Biden told the activist . Our volunteer Nina asked Joe Biden whether, as president, he would lift the Hyde amendment , which bans federal insurance coverage of abortion.

“Biden misheard the woman on the ropeline and thought she was referring to the Mexico City rule, which prevents federal aid money from going to organizations overseas that perform abortions," Biden's campaign reportedly said on Wednesday.

"He supports the repeal of the Mexico City rule because it prevents critical aid from going to organizations even if abortion is a very small fraction of the work they are doing. He has not at this point changed his position on the Hyde Amendment.”

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Although the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose volunteer asked the question, released the video in May, Biden appeared not to respond until the beginning of June. It's unclear when the campaign initially found out about the way the video was portrayed.

Several of Biden’s 2020 rivals are quick to highlight his reversal on federal funding of abortions

Several of Biden’s 2020 rivals are quick to highlight his reversal on federal funding of abortions Some Democrats in the crowded field sought to elevate their profile and weaken the candidate leading in early polls.

Earlier this month, Biden told an ACLU activist that the Hyde Amendment “can’t stay.” Biden will be shedding more of his “middle-of-the-road” positions as the campaign season rolls on. He has to if he wants to lead a party that, whatever the precise extent of its leftism may be, is well left of the middle.

The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) wrote the following information in its July 21, 2004 report titled "Public Funding for Abortion," published on its website, www. aclu .org: "The Hyde Amendment and other bans should be repealed because they are discriminatory and harm women' s health.

Media outlets included that video as an indication that Biden changed his mind on the Hyde Amendment -- an apparent about-face that prompted a wave of support for the law among his fellow 2020 contenders.

The Hyde Amendment blocks federal funding for abortion but contains exemptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. As a senator, Biden favored the Hyde Amendment but reportedly voted twice against those exceptions. He also reportedly voted to block federal employees' health insurance from paying for abortion.

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Biden could, however, change his position, as his campaign also said that the former vice president would be open to repealing the law given ongoing attacks on abortion access.

“Given the current draconian attempts to limit access to abortion, if avenues for women to access their protected rights under Roe v. Wade are closed, he would be open to repeal," the campaign reportedly said. It also, according to HuffPost, didn't clarify what it meant by "closed."

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Yet if the Hyde Amendment is repealed, every American will become involved in abortions through the use of our tax dollars. For those of us who believe The move to abolish the Hyde Amendment is yet another signal that abortion activists are moving away from their mantra of “safe, legal, and rare,” to

The Hyde Amendment withholds federal Medicaid funding from abortion except in the extremely narrow and dire circumstances when continuing the pregnancy wil. The Hyde Amendment is a dangerous and unfair policy that lets politicians interfere in a woman’ s personal health care decisions.

Biden's clarification reinforced a position that many 2020 Democrats seemed to denounce on Wednesday. A slew of 2020 Democrats pushed Hyde's repeal, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who indicated Biden's stance disqualified him from serving as the party's presidential nominee.


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Gillibrand, along with several other 2020 candidates, pledged to repeal the Hyde Amendment as part of a broader plan to protect abortion access amid new state and federal restrictions.

The issue will likely come up more frequently as more progressive candidates push "Medicare for all," a form of universal health care that could include abortion coverage.

Alongside the flurry of opposition to Hyde, March for Life president Jeanne Mancini welcomed Biden's position on the issue.

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“The Hyde Amendment is the single most impactful pro-life public policy, saving well over two million lives since being enacted. It is very popular with mainstream America and up until recently was a bipartisan policy," she said in a statement provided to Fox News.

"We welcome former VP Biden’s endorsement of the Hyde Amendment, and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss with him other policies related to the protection of innocent, unborn life - policies he supported when he was first in Congress. Abortion is a human rights issue, and ought to be a bipartisan issue as well.”

For front-runner Biden, bad week or ominous omen?.
The former vice president's stumble on the Hyde Amendment issue as well as new Iowa polling that shows a slip in support should serve as a warning, says David Axelrod: No one is going to hand Joe Biden the Democratic nomination. He'll have to get in and fight for the chance to face off against Donald Trump.

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