WASHINGTON – Just a day after facing backlash from fellow Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday reversed his reported position on the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing law that blocks federal funding for abortion in most cases.
“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent” on others who are trying to limit abortion access in some states.
Biden made the announcement while speaking at the Democratic National Committee Gala in Atlanta, Georgia, and then followed up with a posting online. Georgia is one of the several states that has recently passed a law limiting access to abortion. The legislation sparked protest, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who is also running for president, also visiting the state recently to rally against the new law.
Biden’s reversal comes a day after the former vice president’s campaign reportedly maintained that he still supported the Hyde Amendment.
Since then, Biden’s fellow 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have called for the amendment to be repealed, and have even called out Biden by name.