Joe Biden speaks to the press at an event in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, June 11, 2019. (Jordan Gale/Reuters)Or, if you want an abortion or a gun, pay for it yourself.
The mainstream Democratic position on abortion has devolved in just two decades from “Safe, legal, and rare” to “Yee-haw!”
Second Amendment advocates surely have noticed.
Former vice president Joe Biden’s recent gyrations on the Hyde amendment confirm how deeply even a shopworn politician like him must bow to today’s Democrat orthodoxy on abortion. As Biden learned, it’s not enough simply to favor abortion. This epic baby-killing now must be financed by federal taxpayers.
The late congressman Henry Hyde’s legislation has been a “settled amendment” in every federal budget since 1976. The Illinois Republican’s measure prohibited the use of federal taxpayer dollars to finance abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening pregnancies.
Like an Olympic gymnast, Biden flip-flop-flipped on the Hyde amendment — from supporting it since its introduction; to telling an ACLU volunteer in South Carolina “it can’t stay” on May 8; to supporting Hyde on June 5; and back to opposing it June 6. Wobbles aside, Biden eventually pegged the landing: “I can no