As the US public continue their steadily increasing support for pro-life laws and limits to replace many of the most permissive abortion laws in the states, Democrat contenders hoping to face Donald Trump in November remain entrenched in their unswerving support for “reproductive rights”, often taking the most extreme positions imaginable.
Perhaps their extremism is something to do with the Planned Parenthood donations most of them would lose if they even uttered even a word of concern for the little baby to be killed, but the spectre of these polished, sophisticated and woke candidates expressing nothing but indifference or contempt for the most vulnerable in society is a big blind-spot that might get them the candidacy, but makes it more difficult to win the election.
So here follows just a few of the most shocking comments and decisions Democrat candidates have made about abortion, just so you’re aware where they stand.
Pete recently called abortion “an American freedom”, telling one supporter he was “lifted up” by her story of getting an abortion. Like the other candidates, he’s in favor of taxpayer funded abortion right up to birth.
Asked whether he would support abortion to curb population growth and prevent a “climate catastrophe”, Bernie Sanders gave a resounding “Yes”, and even managed to make it sound like a service to poor people.
“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. 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. 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.”
Comparing abortion to “getting your tonsils out” and promising to wear a Planned Parenthood scarf at her inauguration (if elected), Senator Warren has said late-term abortions after 21 weeks are ok because they only account to 1.3% of American abortions (12,000 abortions), and that banning them would be “cruel.”
Bloomberg is currently being sued by a former staffer who alleges he told her to just “kill it” when he discovered she was pregnant, also reportedly remarking: “Great! Number 16”, referring to the number of pregnant employees on his payroll. He has also donated $250,000 to Planned Parenthood in recent years.
When asked about whether he would consider a pro-life Supreme court nominee, Biden was clear that support for abortion is a red-line issue. “It’s a woman’s right to do that. Period,” Biden said, “And if you call that a litmus test, it’s a litmus test.” He also promised that if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade he would push for a national law allowing abortions up to birth.
Refusing to support babies born alive after abortion, who are left to die in many states, Klobuchar voted against a bill that would have made such practices illegal. She has never voted in favour of any abortion restriction, saying “I am for a woman having the right to make a choice about her own body.”
As the party’s largest donor in recent years, Tom Steyer stated he would only fund pro-abortion candidates, that his PAC had a clear track record of working with Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and that he fully believes in the “right to choose.”
Speaking at a recent abortion debate, he said, “There’s something else going on. The Republicans are in control. They’re stacking the court for a generation with young right-wing radicals. And we’ve watched it happen and the question is, what are we going to do about it?”
Speaking at a recent debate on abortion, Gabbard said “I agree with Hillary Clinton on one thing. In the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president and she said abortion should be safe, legal, and rare, I think she’s correct.”