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Ban On Abortion Funding Stays In House Bill As 2020 Democrats Promise Repeal
National Public Radio

Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail are emphasizing their support for expanded abortion rights, but in Washington, House Democrats are preparing to retain a decadeslong ban on most federal funding for abortions.

Presidential candidates including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris have denounced the funding restrictions under what is known as the Hyde Amendment. Harris has said it targets poor women who rely on federal health care benefits; Warren says she would “lead the fight to have it overturned;” and Biden now says that backing Hyde violates his belief that health care is a human right.