Biden Does A Flip-Flop 🙃

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To support or not to support

Joe Biden announced on Thursday night that he would “no longer” support the Hyde Amendment. This announcement came one day after his campaign confirmed to the media that he still supported the amendment that forbid government programs for paying for abortions. The confirmation triggered a wave of criticism from women’s rights groups as well as his fellow primary opponents.

What is the Hyde Amendment?

The Hyde Amendment is a provision that banned the use of federal funding for abortions. It prohibited federal health programs like Medicaid from paying for an abortion unless the abortion fell within a list of exceptions. The amendment passed in 1976 as a part of the funding bill for the predecessor of the Department of Health and Human Services and has been reenacted every year since.


LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Times: Biden puts moderate brand at risk for 2020 with Hyde Amendment flip-flop

Bloomberg: Biden’s Flip on Abortion Funding Hurts Him and His Party

The right views Biden’s flip-flop through the lens of the general election. They argue that this shift puts him to the left of moderates and working class voters that he would need to appeal to in the general election. These articles mention a 2016 Harvard poll where 58% of the public was opposed to using federal money for abortion to backup that argument.

LEANING LEFT:

Huffington Post: Biden Would Have Been The First Democratic Nominee To Support The Hyde Amendment Since Carter

Daily Beast: Dems Give Biden Major Side-Eye Over Abortion Flip-Flop

The left believes that Biden’s support for repealing the Hyde Amendment is long overdue. They highlight how Biden was on the path to becoming the first presidential nominee since 1976 to support the Hyde Amendment.


Where is the common ground?

Both sides agree that Biden's rapid flip flopping on the Hyde Amendment is a big mistake that could hurt his standing among voters. However, the left and the right offer diverging opinions on which groups of voters that the flip-flopping affected the most.  

Flip-flop season is here

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