Biden’s campaign confirmed to NBC on Wednesday that Biden still supported the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger.
Women from conservative and pro-life groups voiced disappointment with Biden’s quick reversal and suggested that the move may cost the presidential candidate votes.
“After weeks of confusion on where he stands, Joe Biden just endorsed unlimited taxpayer funding of abortion,” GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted. “Biden should’ve just plagiarized his position from Planned Parenthood’s website from the start like he’s been doing for his other policy positions.”
After weeks of confusion on where he stands, Joe Biden just endorsed unlimited taxpayer funding of abortion.
Biden should’ve just plagiarized his position from Planned Parenthood’s website from the start like he’s been doing for his other policy positions.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 7, 2019
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, added in a tweet: “Biden’s flip-flop on taxpayer funded abortion puts base politics over unborn children.”
Biden’s flip-flop on taxpayer funded abortion puts base politics over unborn children. https://t.co/LwIiuXUHaq
— Jeanne F. Mancini (@jeannemfl) June 7, 2019
Meanwhile, the March for Life shared a tweet mocking Biden’s flip-flopping on abortion stances over the past forty years.
The tweet pointed out that in the 1980s, Biden claimed to be pro-life but became progressively pro-choice until the present day.
Evolution of @JoeBiden
1980’s Joe Biden: I’m pro-life.
1988-2000’s: Abortion is ok taxpayers shouldn’t pay for it.
June 3, 2019: taxpayers should pay
June 5, 2019: taxpayers shouldn’t pay
June 7, 2019: oh wait, I meant taxpayers SHOULD pay for abortionshttps://t.co/nunl6vNnC6
— March for Life Action (@MFLAction) June 7, 2019
“Joe Biden’s support for taxpayer funding of abortion after decades of opposition is just the latest example of Democratic extremism on abortion,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement.
“While Joe Biden may be taking a political expedient position in the Democratic primary as candidates race to the left on abortion, he will pay the price in the general election,” Dannenfelser added.
“Joe Biden is supposed to be the one candidate who can win back working class Democrats who backed Trump — this will prove to be a fatal move should he be the nominee.”
Live Action founder and president Lila Rose also voiced her disappointment in the presidential candidate.
“Joe Biden officially joins every other Democrat presidential candidate in supporting the following,” Rose tweeted. “- Abortions sold through all nine months, on babies 8, 9 lbs, old enough to survive outside the womb – Abortions for any reason – Taxpayers must fund abortion.”
Joe Biden officially joins every other Democrat presidential candidate in supporting the following:
-Abortions sold through all nine months, on babies 8, 9 lbs, old enough to survive outside the womb
-Abortions for any reason
-Taxpayers must fund abortionhttps://t.co/qY1v3vrQ4m
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 7, 2019
Biden’s reversal on Hyde is only just the beginning of the “Candidate Biden vs Senator Biden abortion debate,” Maureen Malloy Ferguson, a senior fellow at The Catholic Association, said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Next he will need to reconcile his criticism of states that have passed laws protecting unborn children, with his yes vote on the partial-birth abortion ban.”
“It is sad to watch Joe Biden, who dared express a scintilla of conscience on the issue, utterly cave in to this demand,” Ferguson added.
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