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Joe Biden’s latest flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment

by | Jun 5, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

Quick, read this fast. Otherwise, by the time you finish this post, pro-abortion Joe Biden may have already flip-flopped his flip-flop.

NBC News reported today that the presidential campaign of Biden, who (for what it’s worth) is currently the favorite choice among Democrats to take on pro-life President Trump, “confirmed to NBC News that Biden still supports the Hyde Amendment, a four-decade-old ban on using federal funds for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.”

Of course, most everyone picked up on this is not what Biden recently told the pro-abortion ACLU (in a video posted on Twitter by the ACLU on May 8), including NBC News which wrote

Biden’s continued support for Hyde not only sets him apart from the rest of his 2020 Democratic competitors, but it may surprise progressive groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which promoted a recent tweet by one of its activists appearing to get Biden to commit to ending Hyde during a rope-line exchange in South Carolina. Biden’s campaign told NBC he would be open to repealing Hyde if abortion avenues currently protected under Roe were threatened.

Writing at National Review Online, John McCormack did his usual superlative job showing that this is of a piece for a man who is notoriously slippery on the issue of abortion, going back to the 1980s.

For example, McCormack quoted from a Washington Post story of two weeks ago in which Post reporter David Weigel wrote

“What has changed in the past weeks is that even Democrats seen as “moderate” have come around to the left’s abortion position. Pressed by an ACLU-trained voter in South Carolina, Joe Biden said he wanted to kill the Hyde Amendment, which he had voted for. ‘It can’t stay,’ he said, after being pressed twice.”

Why? McCormack tossed out the idea that Biden didn’t know what the Hyde Amendment is, only to point out that “every elected member of Congress knows what the Hyde amendment is.”

How about a poll of likely voters conducted for Politico and Harvard’s school of public health that “found that in October 2016 voters opposed Medicaid funding of abortion by a 22-point margin (58 percent to 36 percent)”?

That makes a lot more sense. What also makes sense is that Biden will likely collapse like a cheap suitcase when his fellow pro-abortion Democrats highlight that he is the only one even wavering on a measure that has conservatively saved two million lives.

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