It’s official. Now all of the 24 Democrat Party candidates vying for their party’s nomination for president are pro-abortion.
The latest to cave to the intense liberal backlash is Joe Biden, former Democrat vice president under President Obama, who flip-flopped on abortion — actually infanticide — Thursday night.
At an Atlanta Democrat Party fundraiser, he said: “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right. If I believe health care is a right, which I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s zip code.”
The day before, on Wednesday, Mr. Biden’s campaign confirmed that, as a Catholic, he still believed in the Hyde Amendment, a position he had held for 40 years.
Passed in 1976 and renewed every year, said The Wall Street Journal, “the bipartisan Hyde rule prohibits federal funding for abortion. It has long been seen as a middle ground in the wake of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that overturned 50 state abortion laws. Abortion would be legal, but taxpayers who opposed abortion would not be forced to violate their conscience by paying for it.”
In 1986, said the Journal, Mr. Biden said in reference to abortion: “I don’t think it’s government’s business. And if it’s not government’s business, then you have to accept the whole of that concept, which means you don’t proscribe your right to assist someone else to have an abortion.”
Before the Hyde Amendment, Medicaid paid for an estimated 300,000 abortions annually. The amendment has saved the lives of more than 2 million human beings over the a last four decades, says the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
Calling Mr. Biden’s flip-flop “a non sequitur” because the existence of a right such as free speech doesn’t assume the government’s obligation to pay for it, the Journal said state laws recently passed restricting abortion “are likely to be thrown out in federal court.”
With acknowledgement to Pam Key on Breitbart News, Friday, on CNN’s “Right Now,” Mr. Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield sparred with host Briana Keiler over Mr. Biden’s new position.
“Twenty-four hours ago, Biden was on the record, still supporting the Hyde Amendment,” said Ms. Keiler. “Walk us through the anatomy of this decision change. This is a big change of heart.”
“Well look,” said Ms. Bedingfield, “this is not a decision about politics for him. It’s a decision about health care. You heard him say last night that Roe is under unprecedented assault in this country.”
Ms. Keiler: “When did this become an issue about healthcare for him and not an issue about religion or morality?”
Ms. Bedingfield: “It is an issue about healthcare access, and you heard him say that last night. Roe is under unprecedented assault. You have a Republican-led legislature following Donald Trump’s lead saying on the campaign trail that women who had abortions should be punished. Trying to cut off access, predominantly minorities and women in underserved communities, and so the vice president feels like in this moment of crisis on choice that he does not want to be foreclosing off any avenue for women receiving the healthcare that they need.”
Ms. Keiler: “That’s been the argument of people who support abortion rights for quite some time now. We’ve seen a number of significant moves in many states. It’s been going on for months, months before Joe Biden got into the race. So why this change now? Because if you’re trying to convince people that this isn’t about political expediency, which is part of Joe Biden’s hallmark, or as he would hope it would be, then you have to explain substantively how he changes his mind from Wednesday to Thursday on an issue as significant as that, that crosses so many lines, healthcare, yes, for Democratic primary voters, but maybe for general election voters and for the majority of them, it’s also an issue of morality and religion, so what is the substantive explanation for how he changed his mind?”
Ms. Bedingfield: “Look, this was a tough personal decision for him, but the substantive explanation is that the moment that we’re in now is a dramatically different one.”
Ms. Keiler: “How did he do it? Did someone give him evidence? What kind of evidence? Did he speak to advocates or women? What was the impetus? What was the inflection point that changed his mind?” … From Wednesday to Thursday, explain to us how this happened. What was the thing that changed his mind?”
What Ms. Bedingfield didn’t say that caused Mr. Biden’s flip-flop — as he has historically flip-flopped so many times on innumerable issues depending on which way the wind is blowing — were talks with advisers Wednesday night. Of particular note was actress Alyssa Milano, a celebrity and a voice for far left extremists, who told Mr. Biden he must somersault his view on the Hyde Amendment.
Thus, a previous supporter of not using federal money to help pay for abortion, he now advocates using taxpayer money to fund abortion,
Underscoring how far left the Democrat Party’s activist base has moved, said the Journal, Mr. Biden’s “best claim to the Democrat presidential nomination is that he’s a moderate liberal who can pull centrist votes from Donald Trump” has now vanished.
The base of the far left liberal Democrat Party has turned its back on the rights of babies in their mother’s wombs. As have all those running for the party’s nomination.