Several Republican lawmakers are slamming 2020 Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after he tossed his support behind providing international abortion services to decrease population growth.
Sanders was asked by an audience member during CNN’s climate change town hall on Thursday about whether “empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact,” as IJR reported.
The self-described Democratic socialist opted to support the idea, backing a woman’s right to choose. He then expressed his opposition to the Mexico City policy, “which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control.”
“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 [is] something I very, very strongly support,” Sanders said.
Sanders’ support for Americans paying for abortion services of third-world countries was not met kindly by Republicans.
“This is sickening,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) wrote in response to the Democrat, adding, “And prejudiced.”
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Bernie Sanders wants to prevent disadvantaged populations from reproducing by forcing taxpayers to help poor people across the world kill their children.
This is sickening.
And prejudiced. pic.twitter.com/WChlB6YNti
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) September 5, 2019
“Are you kidding??” he wrote. “That’s horrifying, and tells you just how little regard radical liberals have for innocent life.”
During CNN’s #ClimateTownHall, Bernie Sanders said YOUR tax dollars should be used to fund abortions in foreign countries to reduce population size.
Are you kidding?? That’s horrifying, and tells you just how little regard radical liberals have for innocent life. pic.twitter.com/6yj8e5zzDk
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 5, 2019
Sanders is one of the 10 Democratic primary candidates who qualified for the third debate on Sept. 12 in Houston, Texas. He is currently sitting in the third spot, trailing behind Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).