Democrats are not talking about Joe Biden’s radical pro-abortion platform.
While repeatedly bringing up compassion for the vulnerable and his devotion to his Catholic faith, Biden has quietly embraced the billion-dollar abortion industry’s demands for the unregulated, unrestricted killing of unborn babies in abortions, paid for by taxpayers.
But, as The Free Beacon reports, Biden’s newfound support for taxpayer-funded abortions was not discussed at all during the Democratic National Convention last week, and the word “abortion” never was brought up.
Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, told the Beacon that it’s because even many pro-choice voters do not want taxpayer-funded abortions.
“The extreme position that they’ve been really pushing is not popular with mainstream America. And so they have to downplay their extremism if they want to win,” she said. “Joe Biden used to be pro-life—he used to believe that pre-born life deserved support just as babies born alive. … Obviously the campaign is taking note, too, that the extreme position is going to hurt his campaign.”
The 2020 party platform not only supports funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, but also direct taxpayer funding for abortions by ending the Hyde Amendment.
Biden, like many Democrats, used to support the pro-life amendment. Last summer, however, he caved into pressure from the billionaire-funded abortion lobby and promised to end it, if elected. Biden also said one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, which aborts more than 340,000 unborn babies each year.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer-funded elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. Since it was first enacted, the amendment has saved approximately 2.4 million unborn babies’ lives, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
The amendment used to have strong bipartisan support in Congress — and still does among the general public. A 2019 poll by Marist University found an overwhelming majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion. It also found that 75 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, while fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) support such funding. Opposition includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent). By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortions (54 percent to 39 percent).
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.
Day told the Beacon that Democrat leaders are not being consistent in their support for the most vulnerable in society.
“It’s just so inconsistent to say that we want to protect immigrants at the border, people from gun violence, all these areas where the Democratic Party supports human rights, violence against the LGBT community,” Day said. “Then we look at this innocent little baby in the womb and we advocate for killing it. It’s just completely inconsistent with the Democratic Party’s positions on all other issues when we talk about protecting the vulnerable.”
Approximately 60,000 more unborn babies could be aborted every year in the U.S. at taxpayers’ expense, if the Hyde Amendment is ended, according to research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute.