Pro-abortion Senator Bernie Sanders announced today that he is running for president against President Donald Trump. While Trump has governed as a pro-life president, Sanders is strongly pro-abortion and has a 100% pro-abortion voting record.
“We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward,” Sanders told Vermont Public Radio in an interview Tuesday morning.
“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,” Sanders told VPR’s Bob Kinzel Tuesday. “And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of — a belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics, in town meetings — that’s what I’m going to carry all over this country.”
Sanders unsuccessfully ran in 2016 as a Democrat and he won 23 primaries and caucuses. He also won more than 45 percent of pledged delegates, compared to challenger Hillary Clinton’s 54 percent.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, Sanders has voted on abortion 106 times during the course of his Senate career dating back to 1997 and has voted pro-abortion every time. That includes votes to support killing babies in late-term abortions, voting to force taxpayers to fund abortions, and voting to force taxpayers to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Booker has also voted against each of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees – Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
He voted against Kavanaugh even though an FBI probe exonerated him of false sexual abuse allegation made against him.
Sanders is floating a plan called “Medicare for all” that Tom McClusky of March for Life Action has written would force Americans to fund free abortions.
Sen. Sanders’ plan is co-sponsored by 15 of his Senate colleagues (including virtually every Democrat whose name is being thrown around to run in 2020) and about half of current House Democrats have signed on to a Medicare for All bill in that Chamber as well.
Medicare for all is not your run of the mill proposal. The legislation would outlaw private insurance, which Vox points out would mean 153 million Americans would lose coverage they get from their employers as well as the freedom those plans afford. Vox also points out repealing the Hyde Amendment is “front and center” in the bill.
The Hyde Amendment has largely prevented federal Medicaid dollars from paying for abortions and for over 40 decades has garnered widespread, bipartisan support. According to the most recent Marist polling, on the subject a supermajority — 60 percent — oppose tax dollars financing abortions in the U.S., with just 36 percent in support. This includes 60 percent of women. A study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which is the best research available, indicates that the Hyde Amendment has saved over 2 million unborn children since 1976.
Even though the Hyde Amendment still has strong backing, the leadership in the Democratic Party wants to do away with it. In 2016, Democrats called for an end to the Hyde Amendment in their party platform and Democrats in the House and Senate have made sure that their legislation reflects that radical position.
Section 701 of Sanders’ Medicare for all is titled “Universal Medicare Trust Fund” and states that “any other provision of law in effect on the date of enactment of this Act restricting the use of Federal funds for any reproductive health service shall not apply to monies in the Trust Fund.” Since Hyde restricts federal funds from being used toward abortion, section 701 is effectively stating that Hyde doesn’t apply to Medicare funds.
The legislation would also force medical professionals to be involved in abortions.
“This proposed legislation would strong-arm doctors, nurses and all other health care professionals into performing and participating in abortions — regardless of whether they have any moral objections. Section 104 goes on to say that refusing to participate could result in heavy court damages and fees,” McClusky explained.