Dem. Pres. Candidate: Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Is Like Paying Our Troops
Unless you pay attention to the entire Democrat field for president (What is it now — 23? Twenty-four? Eleven billion?), you’re probably not familiar with Rep. Seth Moulton.
Moulton of Massachusetts served in the Marines, is young, energetic and has been solid on military issues.
This would make for a great backstory were it not the year of Mayor Pete, who also has all those things plus the ability to make the media swoon and a husband who’s a Twitter star. Sorry, Seth. As it is, Moulton doesn’t even get mentioned in RealClearPolitics‘ polling average, which includes strange also-rans such as billionaire universal basic income/anti-circumcision buff Andrew Yang and spiritual hokum guru Marianne Williamson.
However, defending the right to an abortion — particularly a taxpayer-funded one — is, at the moment, what reparations were two months ago: a good way to stand out to the activist base if you’re willing to chart a course to the point farthest left on the map. On this count, it’s easy to see how Moulton might be able to break through the muddle, since he apparently believes that getting a taxpayer-funded abortion is pretty much the same as paying our troops.
So, the backstory, in case you’ve not seen the news for a few days: Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democrat field, has now said that he’s against the Hyde Amendment, the rule that bans federal taxpayer funds from being used for abortion.
“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code,” Biden said during a Thursday speech, according to CNN. “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to … exercise their constitutionally protected right.”
This, you probably won’t be shocked to learn, happened after other Democrats began hammering for supporting the Hyde Amendment. It was also after a kerfuffle in which Biden told an activist he was against the Hyde Amendment, then said he was for it through his campaign and then said he was against it in his Thursday speech.
Rep. Moulton was on CNN in the lacuna between Biden’s first period of opposition to the Hyde Amendment and his second — and currently operative — period of opposition to the Hyde Amendment.
“I think it’s wrong,” Moulton said of the amendment. “It disproportionately attacks women who don’t have the private means to afford an abortion.”