Alyssa Milano urged Biden to reverse stance on Hyde Amendment: reports

Alyssa Milano urged Biden to reverse stance on Hyde Amendment: reports
© Twitter

Actress Alyssa Milano, an outspoken women's rights advocate and friend of Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE, reportedly urged the former vice president to reverse his stance on the Hyde Amendment after he reaffirmed his decades-long support for the ban on federal funding for abortions.

The Atlantic reported Friday that Milano spoke with campaign manager Greg Schultz over the phone on Wednesday, telling him that Biden needed to change his stance on the controversial amendment.

CNN reported Friday that Biden heard directly from Milano encouraging him to reverse his position on the issue. 

Biden's campaign sparked controversy on Wednesday after reaffirming his decades-long support for the Hyde Amendment. The news sparked intense backlash from members of his party, including fellow presidential hopefuls, who criticized Biden for maintaining his stance amid a spate of abortion restrictions passing state legislatures.

The vice president then made a sharp U-turn on the issue one day later during a Democratic National Committee gala in Atlanta, saying he no longer supported the amendment.

ADVERTISEMENT

"If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code," he said. "I can't justify leaving millions of women without the access to care they need, and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right."

Milano celebrated Biden's reversal after he announced his position Thursday. 

"@JoeBiden just came out saying, after listening to women in the last 24 hrs, he WILL repeal the Hyde Amendment. I repeat, Joe Biden just came out against the Hyde Amendment. Thanks, Joe. For listening to the American people. And thank you to the women who raised their voices," she said.  

The Hyde Amendment was first passed more than 40 years ago in response to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which established a woman’s right to abortion. It’s been reauthorized in annual government spending bills ever since, barring Medicaid, Medicare and other federal health programs from paying for abortions.

Opponents of the ban say it disproportionately impacts low-income women, particularly women of color.

Biden's support for the 40-year ban was a departure from the position of the Democratic National Committee and every Democrat running for president.