At the We the People summit on April 1, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont applauded Planned Parenthood for its “grassroots activism,” adding that he doesn’t understand how his Republican colleagues can reconcile their support for smaller government with their support for pro-life laws restricting abortion.
When a 27-year-old woman in the audience tells Sanders she had an abortion at age 23, saying, “I did what was best for me,” and that she feels “shameless” about it — to the enthusiastic applause of the audience — Sanders says, “It’s not easy coming up here and saying what you did,” and thanks her for her “courage.” But what’s so courageous about admitting you had a procedure akin to having tonsils removed? Sanders unintentionally reveals the truth: Abortion isn’t like any other “medical procedure,” otherwise it wouldn’t take “courage” to admit.
Sanders goes on to “applaud the grassroots activism of Planned Parenthood” and their “fighting against the horrific antiwoman legislation that we are seeing all over this country…” so that women can still get the “healthcare that they want.”
There’s that unintentional truth again: “the healthcare that they want.” But true healthcare is not a want, it’s a need. No one needs to directly and intentionally kill a child in the womb. No one even needs to directly and intentionally kill a preborn child because of a health condition — for either the mother or the child. Abortion is not healthcare.
Then Sanders lashes out:
In terms of the issue of choice, what I really don’t understand and don’t accept is the hypocrisy of my Republican colleagues who day after day say, “you know what? We are conservatives. We want to get the government off of the backs of the American people. We want a limited government. Let the American people do what they want. Get government off their back. Except when it comes to the right of a woman to control her own body.”
This is absolute hypocrisy.
What Bernie said at the beginning of that statement was correct: he really doesn’t understand.
Being pro-life isn’t about controlling women’s bodies. It’s about protecting innocent bodies from harm. It is absolutely necessary for the government — small or large — to have a say in abortion because it is the duty of the government to protect the lives of human beings. Abortion is an act of violence with the goal of ending human lives. Those lives deserve to be protected from being dismembered or from receiving lethal injections because their lives got in the way of others’ desires.
The government tells people that they don’t have the right to put illicit drugs into their own bodies, that they don’t have the right to use their bodies in sex acts for money, and they don’t have the right to use their own body to assault someone. Yet when it comes to assaulting the most innocent of human beings, suddenly it’s acceptable to kill.
What’s hypocritical is Sanders’ opinion that the death penalty should be ended because, “I just don’t want to see government be part of killing, that’s all.” Yet he supports the government (taxpayer) funding of Planned Parenthood (an organization dedicated to killing), and his “Medicare for All” plan would use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion — directly involving the government in killing. After all, an abortion isn’t just a procedure; it’s the killing of a human being in the womb. And Bernie knows this, because apparently, confessing to it publicly is a “courageous” act.
The only difference between using government money to pay for the death penalty and using government money to pay for abortion is that in one, the government is executing criminals and in the other, the government is executing innocent children. When the history books of the future talk about Senator Sanders, perhaps they will paint him as a man who believed in the right to life for convicted murderers, but not for babies.
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