Former Vice President Joe Biden told a Democratic presidential debate audience Wednesday night that he would work to ensure taxpayer funding for abortion if elected.
For decades, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, a legislation provision renewed annually that prohibits federal funding for abortion. The current version includes exceptions for rape, incest and to save the mother’s life. It dates back to 1977.
Biden – under pressure from pro-choice groups – flipped on the issue in June.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) criticized Biden on the issue during Wednesday’s debate in Detroit.
“You made a decision, for years, to withhold resources to poor women to have access to reproductive health care – and including women who were the victims of rape and incest,” she told him. “Do you now say that you have evolved and you regret that?”
Harris noted he has opposed Hyde “only since you’ve been running for president.”
“This directly impacted so many women in our country,” she said.
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Source: Christian Headlines