Biden abandons support for federal funding restrictions for abortions after 43 years


In an extreme and somewhat abrupt about-face, former vice president and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden has drop-kicked the Hyde Amendment after more than four decades of agreeing with it.

The Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976 and affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1980, prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment to the life of the mother. The law’s impact is particularly devastating to poor women — who depend on Medicaid for their health care and discriminates against women of color who often need abortion services the most: those who have reduced access to family planning, and experience higher rates of sexual victimization.


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