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First, as Politico notes, lots of the current Democratic candidates have voted for the Hyde Amendment in order to fund the government, since it is a mainstay of HHS and other department spending measures. An exemption for cases of rape or incest was added in 1993. "Under my Medicare-for-all plan, we will repeal the Hyde Amendment".

It's worth noting, too, that 60% of Democrats polled say they would rather O'Rourke run for senate against Cornyn than stay in the presidential race.

Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who almost won a U.S. Senate seat previous year in the reliably conservative state, is struggling in his White House bid and has lost support from young voters and minorities, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos national poll. The question will be whether a Democrat like Joe Biden would be able to accomplish the Democratic mission of flipping the largest Republican Electoral College stronghold.

Biden's position on the issue immediately sparked backlash from abortion rights activists and his fellow 2020 Democratic candidates.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said Biden's position "further endangers women and families already facing enormous hurdles and creates two classes of rights for people in this country, which is inherently undemocratic".

Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal - a climate change proposal that includes everything from reducing carbon dioxide emissions to guaranteeing every American a job - earlier this year, which economist Noah Smith said would cost the USA almost $93 trillion if implemented.

Parts of Biden's plan are "smart infrastructure investments" to impact climate change and rejoining the 2015 Paris agreement, from which Trump withdrew after taking office in 2017.

"There is #NoMiddleGround on women's rights".

Abortion rights supporters also condemned the Hyde Amendment on Wednesday.

Biden claims his abortion views are "middle of the road".

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (6 points), U.S. Sens.

Biden also joined many of his Democratic primary opponents in pledging not to accept campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry and promising to keep the the United Nations climate agreement signed in 2015 while he was vice president under President Barack Obama.

"The Hyde Amendment should not be American law", added Senator Elizabeth Warren at a campaign stop in IN, saying she would "lead the fight" to repeal it.

In last year's Texas election, O'Rourke did not need to work very hard to get the attention of liberal voters when he was the only Democrat in the race, Jones said. We do not pass laws that take away that freedom from the women who are most vulnerable.