What is the Hyde Amendment and why does Joe Biden support it?

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden’s complicated position on abortion had seemed to have evolved this year when the American Civil Liberties Union posted video of him telling a woman at a May presidential campaign event that the Hyde Amendment had to go. What’s the Hyde Amendment? In 1976, as Congress was passing bills to fund the government in 1977, Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois inserted a sentence into the funding bill for the Departments of Labor and of Health, Education, and Welfare, which funds Medicaid and a lot of other things. You might also have heard of Hyde for his important (and ultimately awkward, as Hyde himself had had an affair decades earlier) later role in pushing for the impeachment …