Detroit, Mich., Aug 1, 2019 / 09:30 am
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) used Wednesday evening's Democratic primary debate to challenge former Vice President Joe Biden on his past opposition to federal abortion funding.
"On the Hyde Amendment, Vice President, where you made a decision for years to withhold resources to poor women to have access to reproductive health care, including women who were the victims of rape and incest, do you now say that you have evolved and you regret that?" asked Harris during a debate hosted by CNN August 1.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion services.
Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, both with his votes and publicly in writing and speeches, for over four decades. He reversed his position on the issue in June this year, just one day after reaffirming his support for the policy. Harris was quick to point this out during the debate.