A day later he reaffirmed his support to the Hyde Amendment, Joe Biden flip-flopped and announced he can no more stand behind the law which bars federal funds for abortion services ordinarily.
His reversal came at a Democratic gala at Atlanta–and after he had been hammered by girls and reproductive rights associations like Emily’s List, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood.
Just in what has been a late addition to his own speech, Biden cited the erosion of women’s health solutions and brand new abortion restrictions in Republican-led states for his altered believing.
“I can’t justify leaving millions of women with no access to care they need, and also the capability to exercise their constitutionally protected right,” he said.
“Should I believe health care is a right, since I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right determined by somebody’s zip code,” he added to applause.
On Wednesdaythe Biden campaign confirmed to reporters that the former president, a former Roman Catholic who opposes abortions but supports Roe v. Wade, was not in favor of repealing Hyde.
That put him at odds with 2020 competitions such as Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, also Elizabeth Warren–who slammed Biden for this position, saying it put bad women at risk.
The 2016 Democratic platform also called for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, that has been in place because 1976 and applies to all abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk.
“At a time when reproductive rights are under consistent attack, it is unacceptable that a major Democratic nominee supports the Hyde Amendment,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock explained in a statement following Biden’s double-down on Wednesday.
“We expect that Vice President Joe Biden will rethink this place and what it signifies to millions of girls.”
After Biden took the podium in the campaign event Thursday, the group got its desire, however no mea culpa.
“I make no apologies for my my last place, and that I make no apologies for what I am about to state,” he said.
His press secretary, Jamal Brown, said in a statement that Biden’s about-face had been an acknowledgement”that the situation have changed.”
“It is clear that these people will stop at nothing to remove Roe–and it is clear we must be just as strong in our defense against it,” he explained.
(*)Abortion rights advocates quickly put out statements saying Biden did the right thing.
“Happy to watch Joe Biden embrace what we have known to be true: Hyde blocks people–especially women of colour and women with low incomes–from getting secure, legal abortion care,” Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen tweeted.