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Biden Caves on Abortion After Intense Pressure From the Left

For decades, Joe Biden backed the Hyde Amendment, often invoking his Catholic faith in the process. But after all the other 2020 Dem contenders blasted him this week, he reversed course.

By NTK Staff | 06.07.2019 @11:01am
Biden Caves on Abortion After Intense Pressure From the Left

Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed a decades-old position on abortion during a head-spinning week.

Last month during a rope-line conversation with an ACLU activist, Biden said he did not support the Hyde Amendment, the law that prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions. That was a reversal from his longstanding support of Hyde.

But this past week, NBC News reported that in fact Biden did still support the Hyde Amendment. That revelation drew criticism and scorn from his fellow 2020 contenders and much of the far-left liberal voting base.

After sustaining days of attacks on the issue, Biden told an Atlanta audience Thursday night that he no longer supports Hyde. Previewing his flip-flop on the issue, Biden said the following to the audience gathered for a Democratic Party fundraiser:

“I’ve been struggling with the problems that Hyde now presents,” Biden said, opening a speech dedicated mostly to voting rights and issues important to the black community.

“I want to be clear: I make no apologies for my last position. I make no apologies for what I’m about to say,” he explained, arguing that “circumstances have changed” with Republican-run states — including Georgia, where Biden spoke — adopting severe restrictions on abortion.

This is just the latest example of Biden’s ideological metamorphosis. After being criticized for a proposing a “middle ground” approach to addressing climate change, Biden’s team released a plan that appeared to be loosely based on the Green New Deal.

The question remains whether Democratic voters will reward Biden for his flip flop or punish him for not sticking true to his principles.

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