Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has given an impassioned speech defending access to abortion for low income Americans.
The Massachusetts Democrat took on the former vice president and 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden for his longstanding support for the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer-funded healthcare programs from paying for abortions.
When asked if she thinks Biden’s stance is wrong, she replied:
Biden's campaign told NBC News he supports the Hyde amendment, which makes him a conservative in the crowded, leftward drifting Democratic field.
Groups like Planned Parenthood, which rely on Democratic support, will likely feel uneasy the frontrunner’s more conservative stance.
Addressing the policy, Warren said:
I've lived in an America where abortions were illegal and understand this: Women still got abortions.
Now, some got lucky on what happened and some got really unlucky on what happened.
Women of means will still have access to abortions.
Who won't will be poor women, will be working women, will be women who can't afford to take off three days off from work, will be very young women, will be women who’ve been raped, will be women who have been molested by someone in their own family.
We do not pass laws that take away that freedom from the women who are most vulnerable.