Reproductive rights groups have criticized the US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for supporting an abortion restriction called the Hydeamendment.
The 40-year-old law bars the US government from paying for abortion services, even when recommended by doctors. The measure has the practical effect of excluding abortion services from Medicaid, a public health insurance program for the poor and disabled, which nearly 17 million women of reproductive age rely on.
“To support the Hyde amendment is to block people – particularly women of color and women with low incomes – from accessing safe, legal abortion,” said Kelley Robinson, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the reproductive health services group’s lobbying arm.
Warren is a fighter, that is for sure. I loved how the Rs thought they got rid of her when she was running the consumer protection thing .... then she came back to beat one of them for a senate seat.I love this. We have over a year to go and more than one Democratic candidate may end up in a stronger position than Trump. If Warren keeps on with her Town Halls, she's going to build a solid base of supporters who are deeply invested in her campaign. She knows how to make it close and personal.
People like Joe because he has the air of Obama around him, as he has mostly been in hiding. If he was just another senator running right now no way would his numbers be so high. Once he actually has to debate the rest of the pack the polls will have him going down fast. Joe might be likable as politicos go but I would not want him given the other candidates out there.Not my country, I know, and I'm also acutely aware as I write this that I'm a Labour Party member who can sometimes be rather impatient with people who refuse to vote for the lesser of the two evils rather than for the minor party that most accurately reflects their views, even though I frequently share their misgivings about my party's policies to which they object, but I think this would be a deal-breaker for me if I were a US citizen:
Campaign confirms Biden still supports the Hyde amendment, a law that bars the government from paying for abortion serviceswww.theguardian.com
Thanks, Beebo. I wasn't suggesting that you would need to hold your nose and vote for him -- I just don't know enough about the electoral politics to comment.We have over a year to go before the 2020 elections. Biden is the frontrunner now in 2019, but it's not a given that he will be the front runner in June 2020. Meanwhile, Warren and others are getting out there and building support. We have not need to choose the lesser of two evils to beat Donald Trump.
I disagreed with his stance previously; but the fact that he has reversed himself after seeing his rivals get mileage out of criticizing his position is not a good look to me. How can I trust now that any position he takes is because he actually believes in it, as opposed to simply finding it the most politically convenient?
It's all about timing. Obama came across as evolving. Biden came across as caving.Still, people evolve. Obama, who I consider close to a saint, didn’t support gay marriage at one time.
Biden is no Obama, but no one is. Obama was up there with Lincoln. But I think Biden is an authentically good, if flawed, man. As an Anyone But Trump voter, I would be overjoyed to have any of the candidates rather than the World’s Leading Asshole.It's all about timing. Obama came across as evolving. Biden came across as caving
Exactly, when people focus on how old a candidate is it misses the point. It is relevant up to a point, at a certain age a second term becomes a real factor. Just look at Bernie though, he is more popular to millennials than younger candidates and seems like his being in the same generation as his peers is just a technicality.Over and over again, Biden says things that are perfectly reasonable... if they were uttered 15-20 years ago. He's old in a way that Warren is not, that has more to do with mindset and attitude rather than physical age. Warren is consistent with her values but moving ahead with the times. She recognizes the problems we face and knows they are getting worse year by year. Meanwhile, Old Joe is just strolling along, complacent in his views, views that aren't outrageously awful, just slightly off-kilter for someone who is running for president.