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Sanders announces plans to expand abortion access and funding

“Bernie believes abortion is a constitutional right, period,” says the opening of his campaign’s “Reproductive Health Care and Justice for All” plan, published on his website March 7.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., a U.S. presidential candidate, is seen in this April 15, 2016 photo speaking to media outside the Vatican after delivering an address at a conference on Catholic social teaching. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- If elected president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would use his Medicare for all policy to increase access to abortion nationwide, and roll back limits on state funding for the procedure, his campaign announced on Saturday.

“Bernie believes abortion is a constitutional right, period,” says the opening of his campaign’s “Reproductive Health Care and Justice for All” plan, published on his website March 7.

The Vermont senator is one of three candidates remaining in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. If elected, Sanders’ campaing said he would move to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding from going to abortion services. Abortion and other reproductive health services “will be provided free at the point of serrvice,” along with contraception.

“When we are in the White House, Bernie will fight back against the Republican assault on abortion rights across the country and defend a woman’s right to control her own body here at home and around the world,” the plan states.

Since 2016, repealing the Hyde Amendment has been a part of the Democratic Party’s platform.

“In order to ensure everyone can receive the reproductive health care they need under Medicare for All, Bernie will significantly expand funding for Planned Parenthood, Title X, and other initiatives that protect women’s health, access to contraception, and the availability of a safe and legal abortion,” said the plan.

Sanders also pledged to fill any judicial vacancies with judges who will support the right to abortion and will “protect reproductive rights at every level.”

“As President, Bernie will work tirelessly to undo the damage Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have done,” says the plan.

The plan notes that Sanders would use executive orders to overturn the Trump administration’s pro-life policies, including the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy and the changes to Title X. Sanders would increase funding to Planned Parenthood, and resume funding the United Nations Population Fund. The self-described democratic socialist would also work to increase the number of abortion facilities in low-income and minority areas, his campaign said.

The policy document said a Sanders andminstration would also “ban ineffective abstinence-only sex education,” ensure “anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers” do not receive any Title X or government funding, and would make birth control pills available over the counter for free.

As president, Sanders would require that any state-level abortion law receive federal preclearance, though by what legal mechanism this would be achieved was not made clear.

Lila Rose, founder of the pro-life group Live Action, called Sanders’ plan “insane,” and said that it would “extend the slaughter of innoncent human beings and the harm of women and girls.”

“He can’t be allowed our nation’s levers of power,” said Rose in a tweet published March 9.

The plan also highlights Sanders’ longtime support for legal abortion, referencing a comments the senator made in 1972, before the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.

Sanders spoke out in 1972 against male politicians who “think that they have the right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body.”

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  1. I was going to say “Sanders is truly an idiot. The Chinese Communists have figured out abortion is bad for their population and grip on power, and are in fact poised to go 180 degrees the other way.”
    But no, Sanders, like all other power mongers, is simply out for himself and is a bit on the elderly side. What does it matter to him what is coming down the pike in 10, 20, 30 years? He is simply doing and saying what he needs to grab more power.
    On the other hand, like the Chinese Communists have done and are trying to reverse (somewhat), he is leaving a mess for his children and grandchildren, so perhaps he is not the brightest bulb in the Chandelier

    • I think he realizes that Biden is going to beat him and so he has nothing left to lose and he’s just gonna let it all hang out.

      I also think that democrats have finally woken up to the fact that is they do nominate Ol’ Uncle Bern – even if he isn’t even in their party – they’re setting themselves up for a repeat of the election of 1972.

      One point I won’t contest – Sanders is truly an idiot.

  2. “anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers”


    What in the world is that supposed to mean? Are any mothers at those centers?physically coerced, imprisoned or otherwise restrained from committing feticides? For goodness sakes.
    You can provide a pregnancy test,show a mother a sonogram of her developing child, offer her alternatives & assistance, & pray for her but you can’t force what to choose.
    I’m afraid one day down the road we’ll be talking about “anti-choice” delivery centers where mothers aren’t pressured into taking the life of disabled infants. That’s where this all leads to.

  3. Sanders spoke out in 1972 against male politicians who “think that they have the right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body.”

    Regarding her own body, perhaps this is true in many cases. But not regarding another individual’s body. My personal, physical rights end where another human being’s start.

  4. In the mold of Kennedy and Clinton, Sanders will still have to do better than this to attract and seduce women into the White House.

    And, speaking of mold, in Washington State we have a state law that now legalizes not only abortion and physician-assisted suicide and weed, but also the composting of human remains for possible and loving application to our famous apple trees, or whatever. The Green Agenda in spades, so to speak.

    So, Sanders might not be merely “an idiot.” Perhaps he’s already gone to seed, and what we see and hear in the media is only a hologram projected from Nancy Pelosi’s famous battle cry—that partial birth abortion is “sacred ground.”

    One small step from Moses’ “sandals” to Bernie Sanders, and on the race to November him scraped from the bottom of our shoe. The soul/sole of Democratic worldview.

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