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- Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing ban on using federal health care money to fund abortions.
- Biden had previously supported the ban, and had reaffirmed that support through campaign aids earlier in the week.
- However, after two days of criticism of his position, he reversed course and declared he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment and believes it should be repealed.
- Biden announced the decision at a Democratic Party fundraiser, stating: “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes it more difficult for some women to access care.”