Bernie Sanders’ excuse is they are “rare”
By Dave Andrusko
More and more Democrats, swept up in the mania for abortion on demand—and beyond—are flatly denying that even the latest of late-term abortions should ever be stopped. The latest to declare his solidarity with the most extreme of abortion extremists is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who technically is an Independent, but who caucuses with Democrats.
The headlines to the Monday Town Hall meeting where he was interviewed by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum was that it was a “contentious” discussion. If you watch their exchanges, you would certainly agree.
You can watch the discussion about abortion at the 23 minute mark of Part Two. MacCallum began
“You said yesterday, I watched your rally, that no one should tell a woman what to do with her own body. With regard to abortion, do you believe that a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment of birth?”
“Look, I think that happens very, very rarely, and I think this is being made into a political issue. Okay, so I think it’s rare, I think it’s being made into a political issue, but at the end of the day, I believe that the decision over abortion belongs to a woman and her physician, not the federal government, not the state government, and not the local government.”
Like all the announced Democratic presidential contenders (and those yet to officially jump in), Sanders has a long history of support for unlimited abortion. Back during the 2016 campaign, Baier asked Sanders
“Can you name a single circumstance at any point in a pregnancy in which you would be okay with abortion being illegal?”
“It’s not a question of me being okay. I happen to believe that it is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to do with her own body. I think, I believe, and I understand there are honest people. I mean, I have a lot of friends, some supporters, some disagree. They hold a different point of view, and I respect that. But that is my view.”
Baier gave Sanders an opportunity to put limitations on the “right” to abortion:
I guess the genesis of the question is that there are some Democrats who say after five months, with the exception of the life of the mother or the health of the baby, that perhaps that’s something to look at. You’re saying no?”
Sanders said no thanks.
I am very strongly pro-choice. That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician, and her family. That’s my view.”
But it goes beyond support for unlimited abortion.
As we have reported multiple times, Democrats in the United States House and Senate are preventing a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which would require the same treatment—not preferential or “futile” treatment—for abortion survivors as given to babies delivered prematurely at the same gestational age.
To be specific, S.311 would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital.
This language does not dictate bona fide medical judgments nor does it require futile measures. Rather S.311 requires that babies born alive during abortions are treated in the same manner as those who are spontaneously born prematurely.