Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed Joe Biden for flipping his position on the Hyde Amendment after years of supporting the law.
Biden recently that he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, something many Republicans are having issues with. McDaniel called out Biden on Twitter while also poking fun at his climate control policy plagiarism scandal.
“After weeks of confusion on where he stands, Joe Biden just endorsed unlimited taxpayer funding of abortion,” said McDaniel. “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
As IJR Red reported, the Hyde Amendment stops government funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. Biden has supported this amendment for many years, claiming that it was wrong to use taxpayer money for the procedure.
“I will continue to abide by the same principle that has guided me throughout my 21 years in the Senate: those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them,” Biden wrote in 1994. “As you may know, I have consistently — on no fewer than 50 occasions — voted against federal funding of abortions.”
In an interview in 2007, he again said he was against repealing the amendment, and his campaign recently claimed he supported the amendment.
“It goes to the question of whether or not you’re going to impose a view to support something that is not a guaranteed right but an affirmative action to promote,” said Biden.
However, at a gala on Thursday, Biden claimed that “times have changed” and that he wanted to provide the “full range of health services women need.” However, he refused to apologize for his former position.
Biden may be attempting to compete with a crowded Democratic field where many candidates support extremely liberal policies. It is uncertain how more moderate voters will view this change in position.