WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the below statement following NBC News reporting that former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden supports the Hyde Amendment, a discriminatory policy that disproportionately hurts women of color and women with low incomes.
Statement from Kelley Robinson, Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
To support the Hyde Amendment is to block people – particularly women of color and women with low incomes – from accessing safe, legal abortion. As abortion access is being restricted and pushed out of reach in states around the country, it is unacceptable for a candidate to support policies that further restrict abortion.
“The Democratic Party platform is crystal clear in supporting the right to safe, legal abortion and repealing the Hyde Amendment, a position held by the majority of voters. Supporting Hyde isn’t good policy or politics. We strongly encourage Joe Biden to speak to the people whose lives are impacted by this discriminatory policy and reevaluate his position.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy and electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.