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Joe Biden's Reversal on the Hyde Amendment
Jun 11, 2019 at 02:41 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing ban on using federal health care money to fund abortions.
  • Biden had previously supported the ban, and had reaffirmed that support through campaign aids earlier in the week.
  • However, after two days of criticism of his position, he reversed course and declared he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment and believes it should be repealed.
  • Biden announced the decision at a Democratic Party fundraiser, stating: “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes it more difficult for some women to access care.”

Food For Thought

Was Joe Biden right to change his stance on the Hyde Amendment? What does the reversal say about Biden as a candidate, and the current political era?

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