Beto O’Rourke said during an interview on Sunday that his record was clear on his opposition to the Hyde Amendment—a policy that prevents Medicare and other federal programs from paying for abortions.
“I can just tell you that I’ve always known what I’ve thought on this issue. That every single woman in this country should be able to make her own decisions about her own body,” the former Texas representative told ABC News via the Washington Examiner.
“Every single session in the United States Congress I voted to repeal the Hyde Amendment. I co-sponsored legislation to do the same,” the presidential candidate continued.
The Washington Examiner reports O’Rourke seems to have forgotten the facts on his record:
O’Rourke made his claim after he voted in June and September to pass government funding bills which contained the Hyde Amendment.
O’Rourke was joined by many of his fellow presidential contenders in voting in favor of the Hyde Amendment, including Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted against that particular bill, but has voted for the Hyde Amendment when attached to other bills.
“Well, look, sometimes in a large bill you have to vote for things you don’t like,” Sanders said in defense of his votes. “But I think my record as being literally 100% pro-choice is absolutely correct.”
Joe Biden, who is also running in 2020, fumbled with the Hyde Amendment multiple times in just a matter of days. After initially claiming he would oppose it, he flopped his position by saying he would support it. He was then pressured by fellow Democratic challengers and progressives to oppose the Hyde Amendment. He ultimately succumbed to the pressure and opposed it again.
Here’s O’Rourke at ABC News: