It took him 48 hours to give up his support of the law that bans federal healthcare money for abortions….
He does not want to fight with the pro-choice part of his party for the nomination…
It has been pointed out that several of those running against him for the Democratic Presidential nomination had indirectly voted for the amendment in the past…
Biden had recently said he STILL supported the amendment….
THAT has changed….
After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions.
Biden’s reversal came after rivals and women’s rights groups blastedhim for affirming through his campaign aides that he still supported the Hyde Amendment.
With the shift, Biden could limit any damage from women’s groups and progressives who already are skeptical about whether a 76-year-old, more centrist white man can be the party standard-bearer in 2020. Yet it also marks a change from years spent trying to hold what he described as a “middle ground” on abortion.
Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta, Biden didn’t mention the attacks he’s endured this week but tacitly agreed with his critics who frame the Hyde Amendment as another abortion barrier that disproportionately affects poor women and women of color.
“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 with an explanation of a significant policy shift.
“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.”….
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