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 BidenButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment 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 Gillibrand2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' MORE (D-N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' O'Rourke unveils plan to support women, minority-owned businesses MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Teachers union to host 2020 Democratic presidential forum focused on education 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.