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Booker Says The Hyde Amendment Is ‘An Assault On African-American Women’

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter
  • Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday that the Hyde Amendment is an “assault on African American women.”
  • Pro-choice groups Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, and the National Abortion Rights Action League have each used the same language in their statements criticizing former Vice President Joe Biden’s stance.
  • Live Action founder Lila Rose pushed back on Booker’s comments, saying that abortion is a leading killer of women of color.

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday that the Hyde Amendment is an “assault on African American women.”

The Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful spoke at the Democratic National Committee African-American Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia against the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger.

Left-wing activists claim the amendment disproportionately affects low-income women and women of color. Pro-life activists also say that the abortion industry disproportionately targets women of color. (RELATED: Vast Majority Of Women Affected By Alabama, Georgia Laws Are Black)

“This assault on women’s reproductive rights is an assault on women, but it’s particularly an assault on African-American women,” Booker said, according to a tweet from CNN’s DJ Judd.

“And the Hyde Amendment, to deny people through Medicaid and Medicare abortion rights, that is an assault on African American women too.”

Booker also tweeted his support of the amendment on Wednesday. “The Hyde Amendment is a threat to reproductive rights that punishes women and families who already struggle with access to adequate health care services,” Booker captioned his tweet.

Booker’s comments come as  former Vice President Joe Biden faces backlash for his continued support of the Hyde Amendment.

The 2020 presidential hopeful’s campaign confirmed to NBC Wednesday that Biden still supports the amendment. Biden supports Roe v. Wade, but previously said his abortion stances are “middle of the road.”

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose pushed back on Booker’s comments, telling the Daily Caller News Foundation that abortion is a leading killer of women of color and “disproportionately affects minority women.”

“Instead of supporting pregnant minority women with financial support and care, Cory Booker and others want to finance the brutal destruction of their children with taxpayer funds,” Rose told the DCNF. Rose also revealed that black, non-Hispanic women have the highest abortion ratio with 444 abortions per 1,000 live births.

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood Action Fund have all spoken out against Biden’s continued support and said that they strongly encourage Biden to rethink this stance. Similarly, each of these organizations articulated Booker’s comments that the Hyde Amendment is an assault on African-American women.

The NARAL spoke out against Biden’s stance Wednesday and referenced Hyde’s impact on women of color.

“There’s NO political or ideological excuse for @JoeBiden’s support for the Hyde Amendment, which translates into discrimination against poor women and women of color plain and simple,” NARAL tweeted Wednesday. “His position further endangers people already facing enormous hurdles.”

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund similarly referenced Hyde’s impact on women of color.

“To support Hyde is to block people – particularly women of color and women with low incomes – from accessing safe, legal abortion,” said Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Kelley Robinson in a statement.

EMILY’s List, an American political action committee dedicated to helping Democratic pro-choice candidates obtain office, also voiced concern for women of color.

“This amendment, which blocks federal funding for abortion services with few exceptions and effectively bans abortion for women on Medicaid, which has a disproportionate impact on young women and women of color, ” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement.

The Booker campaign did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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