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 BidenScaramucci attends charity event featuring Biden in the Hamptons Klobuchar knocks Trump: 'This negotiating by tweet hasn't been working' Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee 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 Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden mistakes New Hampshire for Vermont during campaign stop Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates 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.