WASHINGTON D.C. (Texas Insider Report) Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders a self-described Independent-Socialist Senator from Vermont said Wednesday evening that he supports abortion in part as a way to curb human population growth in order to fight the controversial issue of climate catastrophe.
All of the major Democratic candidates have expressed support for abortion rights but none have previously tied abortion to climate change or discussed the issue as a means of population control.
During a CNN Climate Town Hall Wednesday night a female member of the audience from New Milford Connecticut asked Sanders a question about worldwide population growth specifically asking Sanders whether he would be courageous enough to discuss this issue to support abortion as a means to curb population growth stating that the planet cannot sustain this growth" and commenting that empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact."
In response Sanders said he supports the practice of abortion as a way to address the climate change question.
The answer is yes. 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" Sanders said.
Sanders specifically voiced support for U.S.-taxpayer funded abortions bringing up the little-known Mexico City Agreement.
And the Mexico City agreement which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd" Sanders said.
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 is) something I very very strongly support."
Sanders unveiled his Medicare for All" bill in early April saying that if passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by the president it would provide free coverage of comprehensive reproductive maternity and newborn care" wording that doesnt explicitly mention abortion but which the bills authors have indicated would include abortion coverage according to Politico.