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PoliticsJoe Biden says decreasing access to abortion services changed his view on federal funding

07:10  12 june  2019
07:10  12 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.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.

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 1981. His changing record on abortion is getting fresh scrutiny as he considers running for president in a Democratic His back-and-forth over abortion would become a hallmark of his political career. As Mr. Biden prepares for the possibility of a third presidential run

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Thursday he no longer supported a ban on the use of federal funds for most abortions “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right,” Biden said in a

Joe Biden says decreasing access to abortion services changed his view on federal funding© Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in a packed room at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Ia. — Former Vice President Joe Biden, one of more than 20 candidates running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said Tuesday he changed his view on federal funding for most abortion procedures after the closing of abortion-providing clinics in the South.

"I still believe if there were, in fact, a means by which poor women would be able to access their constitutional right and it was able to be paid for without taxpayers' money, it should be done," Biden told reporters in Mount Pleasant.

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ATLANTA — After two days of intense criticism, Joseph R. Biden Jr. reversed himself Thursday night on one of the issues most important to Democratic voters, saying he no longer supports a measure that bans federal funding for most abortions .

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Thursday he no longer supported a ban on the use of federal funds "I can't justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to Abortion -rights groups, including Planned Parenthood, and

But there are fewer options than prior years for low-income women to access abortions because of funding cuts and "attacks on Roe v. Wade," Biden said, which is why he now disapproves of the Hyde Amendment. Passed in 1976, the amendment bans the use of federal funds to pay for abortions in most cases. Biden previously supported the measure but recently reversed his stance.

"The elimination of access to clinics in all those southern states — a number of them have one or no clinics, so that's the reason I changed my position," he said.

Biden said he reached the decision while finalizing his campaign's health care platform and did not consult anyone about his views on the Hyde Amendment.

"I made a commitment that I would not ever attempt to impose my religious views on anyone else in terms of relations to this most unique question in all of humanity: When does human life begin? When does that occur?" he said. "So, I'm not going to do that."

Biden drops support for Hyde amendment restricting abortion funding after criticism

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.

After two days of intense criticism, Joe Biden reversed his position on Thursday night on one of the issues most important to Democratic voters, saying he no longer supports a measure His turnaround was abrupt, particularly because Mr Biden has grappled for decades with his views on abortion rights.

Read more: Joe Biden says he still supports ban on federal funding of abortions , after apparent reversal. Thursday's announcement marks the But given the current draconian attempts to limit access to abortion , if avenues for women to access their protected rights under Roe V Wade are

When asked about why taxpayers who feel morally that their money should not go towards funding abortions, Biden said that it was "impossible" to provide universal care without providing abortion services in a health care program.

"Look, it's a constitutional right, and it can't be denied," Biden said. "When there was an alternative, it made sense. But there's virtually no alternative."

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