NARAL hits Biden for support of controversial abortion rule

NARAL hits Biden for support of controversial abortion rule
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Abortion rights advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America decried former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE's support for the Hyde Amendment, which prevents using federal funds to cover certain abortion services. 

"There’s NO political or ideological excuse for @JoeBiden’s support for the Hyde Amendment, which translates into discrimination against poor women and women of color plain and simple," the group tweeted Wednesday. "His position further endangers people already facing enormous hurdles."

"At a time where the fundamental freedoms enshrined in Roe are under attack, the 2020 Democratic field has coalesced around the Party’s core values — support for abortion rights, and the basic truth that reproductive freedom is fundamental to the pursuit of equality and economic security in this country," NARAL said in a statement.

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"Differentiating himself from the field this way will not earn Joe Biden any political points and will bring harm to women who are already most vulnerable,” the group added. 

Biden's campaign aides on Wednesday told The Hill that the former vice president supports the controversial rule, which was first reported by NBC News. The campaign added that he would consider a repeal of the amendment if abortion access established under Roe v. Wade were threatened. 

Biden's stance contrasts with other 2020 presidential hopefuls. Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Expanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey governor to announce state will move to mostly mail-in voting for November The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas) have expressed opposition to the Hyde Amendment and called to end it. 

Abortion issues have regained the spotlight as a series of Republican-controlled states have passed laws restricting access to abortion services, including banning abortion around six weeks into pregnancy.

Alabama's governor last month signed a bill to outlaw nearly all abortions, in what is intended to set up a potential legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.