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

18:25  07 june  2019
18:25  07 june  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.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 defied his party's base and drew fire from 2020 rivals by restating opposition to federal funding for abortion , the first big controversy in his race. The statement brought a swift backlash that underscored some of Biden ’ s vulnerabilities as a candidate, even as he rides atop early polls of

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Several of Biden’s 2020 rivals are quick to highlight his reversal on federal funding of abortions© John Bazemore/AP Former vice president Joe Biden speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala in Atlanta on Thursday. Several of Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential rivals seized the opportunity Friday to highlight his reversal on federal funding for abortions, seeking to elevate their profile in the crowded field and weaken the candidate leading in the polls.

In a morning tweet, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) took aim at the former vice president hours after Biden announced that he now opposes the so-called Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion. The tweet also highlighted another potential weakness for Biden.

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Biden ’ s support for the Hyde Amendment, which was passed in 1976 and prohibits the use of federal funds for most abortions , put him out of step Abortion -rights groups, including Planned Parenthood, and a number of Biden ’ s opponents for the Democratic nomination criticized his support for Hyde this

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“Bravo to @JoeBiden for doing the right thing and reversing his long-standing support for the Hyde Amendment,” Moulton wrote. “It takes courage to admit when you’re wrong, especially when those decisions affect millions of people. Now do the Iraq War.”

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Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran who was among the first U.S. troops to arrive in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion, was referring to Biden’s vote as a senator from Delaware to authorize the Iraq War in 2002.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, sought to draw attention to Biden’s flip-flop with a play on words. He shared a reporter’s tweet that recounted the Biden campaign’s confirmation earlier this week that Biden still supported the Hyde Amendment and his announcement Thursday night that he no longer does.

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“Now can I do the Dr. Jekyll tweet?” de Blasio wrote on Twitter.

Other Democratic hopefuls were even quicker to react.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told MSNBC in an interview shortly after Biden’s reversal that she was “not surprised” by it.

“I think it would have been a big problem for him,” she said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a tart rebuke, without using Biden’s name.

“I opposed the Hyde Amendment in 1993. I oppose it today. I will never back down,” he tweeted.

As of midmorning Thursday, the Democrats who sought to ding Biden were all lagging in early polling. And some, including Moulton and Klobuchar, risked calling attention to their own votes in favor of the Hyde Amendment as part of larger funding bills.

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

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In fact, nearly every member of Congress running for president has voted multiple times for spending bills that include Hyde language.

Moulton and Klobuchar voted for such legislation in September, as did Sens. Michael F. Bennet (Colo.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.). So did Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), as well as former congressman Beto O’Rourke (Tex.).

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Biden drops support for Hyde amendment restricting abortion funding after criticism Joe Biden on Thursday night announced that he was abandoning his support for the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortions.

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During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday morning, Bennet was relatively muted in his assessment of Biden’s reversal when asked about it.

“I think it’s great. I’m glad that he did it,” Bennet said. “I think that’s very positive.”

Biden announced his change in position during a speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Committee’s African American Leadership Council summit in Atlanta. He told the crowd that in an environment where the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is under attack in Republican-held states, he could no longer support a policy that limits funding.

“We’ve seen state after state including Georgia, passing extreme laws,” Biden said. “It’s clear that these folks are going to stop at nothing to get rid of Roe.”

“Circumstances have changed,” he said.

On Wednesday, his campaign issued a statement confirming that, unlike much of the rest of the field, Biden was not calling for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which dates to 1976, when Biden was a young senator.

Because of the amendment, poorer Americans reliant on Medicaid do not generally have access to abortion via federal assistance. The amendment allows for exceptions only in the case of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

Paige Winfield Cunningham contributed to this report.

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