At Climate Change townhall, pro-abortion Sen. Sanders favors using U.S. aid to “control” population growth by abortion

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Sen. Bernie Sanders
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Give the candor/brutally consistency award to pro-abortion Sen. Bernie Sanders for linking climate change, “curbing” population growth, and taxpayer funding of abortions overseas in one answer.

In participating in a CNN Townhall on Climate Change held Wednesday, Sanders heard an audience member state that “Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact” and then be asked, “Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”

“Yes,” indeedy, responded Sanders, currently one of the top three candidates running to the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nominee. “And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies, and make reproductive decisions.”

After this non-sequitur, Sanders riffed on the Mexico City policy, which the Trump Administration reinstated and then amplified in its 2017 Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy. The objective is to ensure that no U.S. taxpayer money is funneled to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. To Sanders, this is horrible.

“And the Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that are — that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd.

“So I think, especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies, and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, it’s something I very, very strongly support.”

Rep. Steve Scalise, the Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, tweeted his strong objection:

Conservative CNN host S.E. Cupp tweeted

It was, of course, no accident that Sanders talked about birth control and abortion in the same sentence.

Many proponents see abortion as just another form of birth control. Also, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy says nothing about banning birth control (it’s about U.S. tax dollars and abortion). But by meshing the two, Sanders can imply that the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy doesn’t allow U.S. aid money to be used for birth control, which is not true.