Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been taking some heat for his unwavering support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion and leaves poor women on Medicaid, military personnel and government employees without coverage.
But Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela, a champion of health care rights for women, remains committed to Biden.
“I do still support Biden for president,” Cancela said in an email to the Current.
Cancela was a primary sponsor and powerful driver behind the passage of SB179, also known as “The Trust Nevada Women Act,” which repeals state laws that imposed criminal penalties on self-induced abortions and drugs that cause a miscarriage. The bill also repeals provisions that required a doctor to explain “the physical and emotional implications” of an abortion or ask a woman’s age and marital status before an abortion is performed.
The controversy over the Hyde Amendment is gaining momentum amid state efforts to turn back abortion rights and legislative efforts to eliminate the amendment.
UPDATE: Late Thursday, Biden announced that he had reversed his position and no longer supports the Hyde Amendment.