Kamala Harris was not pandering to voters but to the abortion industry Wednesday when she slammed fellow Democratic candidate Joe Biden for only recently supporting taxpayer-funded abortions.
Though she did not mention the word “abortion” at all during the Democratic presidential debate, according to Stylist, Harris basically asserted that she is more pro-abortion than Biden.
The candidates’ back-and-forth centered around the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded, elective abortions in Medicaid. Biden once supported the amendment – a position that represents a strong majority of voters. Recently, however, he reversed his stance, caving to pressure from the billion-dollar abortion industry.
The Hill reports Harris aggressively questioned Biden about his new position during the debate Wednesday in Detroit.
“On the Hyde Amendment, vice president, where you made a decision for years to withhold resources to poor women to have access to reproductive health care, including women who were the victims of rape and incest, do you now say that you have evolved and you regret that?” Harris said.
An aside, Harris is wrong. The Hyde Amendment does allow taxpayer-funded abortions for rape and incest. Even Planned Parenthood’s website says it.
She continued: “Only since you’ve been running for president this time, said that you in some way would take that back or you didn’t agree with that decision you made over many, many years and this directly impacted so many women in our country. I personally prosecuted rape cases and child molestation cases. And the experience those women have, those children have and would be denied resources, I think is unacceptable.”
Biden responded by defending his record of supporting abortion on demand.
“I support a woman’s right to choose. I support — it’s a constitutional right. I’ve supported it and I will continue to support it, and I will move as president to see to it that the Congress legislates that that is the law as well,” Biden said, the Daily Caller reports.
“Why did it take you so long to change your position on the Hyde Amendment?” Harris responded. “Why did it take so long until you were running for president to change your position on the Hyde Amendment?”
“Because there was not full, federal funding for all reproductive services prior to this point,” Biden replied.
After Biden’s flip-flop, all of the top Democratic candidates now support taxpayer-funded abortions.
Their position is in line with the billion-dollar abortion industry and the Democratic Party platform. But most Americans do not share the candidates’ views.
Polls consistently show strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions. In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on the same issue, a Harvard University poll found that only 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 opposition. By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said the impact of taxpayer-funded abortions on babies’ lives could be astronomical.
“In renouncing the Hyde Amendment, Biden would condemn more than 60,000 unborn children every year to a brutal death,” Dannenfelser said. “Pandering to the abortion lobby might play well in the primaries, but Biden’s extremism is a liability with the majority of Americans, including Independents and Democrats who oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.”