Elizabeth Warren believes it is time for all Americans to start paying for poor women to abort their unborn babies.
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential candidate said she would work to end the Hyde Amendment if elected, Fox News reports.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer-funded elective abortions in Medicaid. It has had strong bipartisan support for years, and continues to have strong support from voters. But the abortion industry and Democratic Party now want it gone, and many presidential hopefuls do, too.
During a town hall meeting Wednesday in Illinois, Warren said the amendment hurts poor women who cannot afford abortions.
“Women of means will still have access to abortions,” Warren said. “Who won’t will be poor women, will be working women, will be women who can’t afford to take off three days from work, will be very young women who have been raped, will be women who have been molested by someone in their own family.”
In another interview with MSNBC Wednesday, Warren argued that restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions “take away the freedom from the women who are most vulnerable,” according to Politico.
Her campaign also wrote on Twitter: “I will not support any effort to take rights away from women who are the most vulnerable. It’s time for Hyde to go. #WarrenTownHall”
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Earlier this week, Joe Biden, another Democratic presidential hopeful, said he supports the amendment. Warren once did, too. She voted in favor of a 2018 bill that included language prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortions, the report states.
Polls indicate that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund the killing of unborn babies.
In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on the same issue, a Harvard University poll found that 36 percent of likely voters support overturning the Hyde Amendment.
Interestingly, the poll also found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are the ones who oppose it the most.
A January poll by Marist University found similarly strong opinions, with 75 percent saying they oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and 19 percent saying they support them.