President Joe Biden is all in on abortion access. After flip-flopping on his opposition to the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from going toward abortions, Biden is now telling Americans that he supports a federal fund for women to take time off work and pay for childcare while they have abortions.
In an interview forum with progressive outlet NowThis, Biden responded to a medical resident’s question about whether the federal government would support such funding. The student noted that many companies have offered abortion-related benefits to their employees. (CitiGroup, Apple, and other major companies offer financial assistance to women seeking abortions, either paying for the abortions themselves or related travel expenses.)
In response to the question, Biden replied, “The answer is absolutely . . . I do support that, and I’ve publicly urged companies to do that. I’ve urged them publicly as president of the United States saying, ‘This is what you should be doing.’”
He continued, “I urge you to do it because there’s so many, and imagine the women who need that kind of assistance, but have no money at all to be able to do this. None. How, how—what do they do? They don’t have the option.’”
It’s possible that this is all talk. As Axios, which first published the story, notes, “The interview represents a strategic effort by the president to communicate to young voters about various social issues ahead of the midterms.”
However, this wouldn’t be out of place among Biden’s other recent actions and comments. On Thursday, he dodged a reporter’s question about whether there should be any restrictions on abortion—by nonsensically pointing to the overturned Roe v. Wade.
The same day, the Pentagon released a new policy revealing that it will do just what Biden showed support for: providing travel funds for military members and their dependents who want to get an abortion but live in a state where it’s illegal. The Defense Department will also cover costs for its healthcare providers who wish to become licensed in a state where abortion is legal.
This follows news from last month that the Department of Veterans Affairs will offer abortion services to veterans even in states where it’s illegal.
Pro-abortion politicians may not be able to codify Roe in Congress right now, but Biden and his administration are doing everything they can to make sure that funds go toward furthering the illusion that getting an abortion is cheap, is easy, and meets the needs of poor women.