The Democratic White House candidate and former vice president, Joe Biden, showed Thursday his rejection of a restrictive abortion measure that he had supported for decades after receiving numerous criticisms from rivals and advocates of the termination of pregnancy.
This measure in question, known as the Hyde Amendment, dates back to 1976 and prohibits federal public funds from being used for most abortion cases.
“I can not justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right,” Biden said during a rally in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, one of the states that has passed restrictive laws against abortion in recent weeks.
Biden’s support for the Hyde Amendment had been at the center of the Democratic struggle over the past few days, at a time when abortion is once again at the center of the political debate in the United States.
Several of its rivals and entities such as Planned Parenthood, the largest family planning organization in the country, had criticized Biden for that positioning, which according to polls is the favorite to win the primaries.
Opponents of abortion have launched an offensive in recent weeks with the passage of laws in a dozen conservative states that prohibit the termination of pregnancy in most cases, including rape and incest.
In the US, abortion is legal in practice since the 1973 Supreme Court declared unconstitutional any interference by the State in the decision of the woman about the pregnancy.
In recent years, however, the conservative movement has tried to get the High Court, right-wing majority, to re-examine its constitutionality to reverse the 1973 decision.
The arrival of Donald Trump to the White House and the Supreme Court appointments of Conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have brought renewed hope for those who long for its ban.
The recent ban on abortion approved in Alabama, for example, has the obvious objective of provoking a legal battle that reaches the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party has tried to overcome this ruling by adopting rules that hinder access to abortion protected by religious rights and women’s health.
Trump has also withdrawn public funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions, a measure aimed primarily at Planned Parenthood, against which conservatives have a crusade.