Comrade Bernie Sanders has taken a break from railing against the “top 1%” and the evil corporations to opine on abortion.
And his statement will make your blood boil.
What did America’s favorite Bolshevik say about abortion?
Answer: Abortion is a constitutional right.
That’s, right, Bernie thinks aborting babies is a right.
He tweeted simply, “Abortion is a constitutional right.”
I guess I should have paid more attention in government class in high school. I must have missed the part of class where the teacher informed us of the founders’ intent to protect abortion in our founding document.
Apparently abortion is the 28th Amendment.
Except there is no 28th Amendment, and nowhere in the Constitution does it say anything about the right to abortion. Sanders and his pro-abortion friends like to refer to the 14th Amendment as guaranteeing this right.
This is complete nonsense.
The 14th Amendment was passed following the Civil War to ensure the rights of former slaves.
Here is the relevant text of the 14th Amendment:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make for enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
It doesn’t say anything about abortion in the text of the amendment. The reason this amendment is relevant to the discussion is because pro-abortion advocates distort the meaning of the amendment to advocate for abortion. The amendment was used to justify the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Roe V. Wade case.
The Sanders statement likely was in reference to the Alabama State Senate voting to approve a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state.
The Alabama legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk, but not for cases of rape or incest.
Yesterday, Sanders’ home state of Vermont took the opposite approach. State legislatures voted to amend the state constitution to protect abortion at every state of pregnancy.
According to the Catholic News Agency, “The amendment aims to recognize as a fundamental right — the freedom of reproductive choice — and to prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual’s pregnancy.”
Vermont voters will be asked to vote on the legislation in a 2022 statewide referendum.
This is a complete 360 degrees from the Alabama law.
Bernie’s statement isn’t that surprising. He has consistently sided with Democrats on their radical pro-choice agenda. He has refused to vote in favor of any restrictions on abortion — including a late-term abortion ban.
The founders believed the fundamental role of government was to protect its citizens from infringements on their individual freedoms. The most important freedom being the right to live.
Sanders’ claim that the right to abortion is protected in the very document that the founders enshrined the right to life is laughable and false.
However, that’s par for the course for Bernie.