by Lina Bryce
Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agree that there is no constitutional protection for the unborn. Recently, Sanders emphasized this amidst a small skirmish between the two candidates as to who is more “pro-choice.”
In this past Sunday’s interview on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Sanders was asked if there should be “any restrictions” at all on abortion, to which Sanders replied, “ultimately [the decision] has got to be made by the woman.”
In the interview, he admittedly agreed with Clinton on the issue that there is no constitutional protection for the unborn:
All I know is that I will fight as strong as I can to defend a woman’s right to choose. I believe that it is an outrage that Republicans who tell us how much they hate the government now want to tell every American — every American woman what she can and cannot do with her body. And I do agree with the Secretary. I don’t believe there’s any constitutional protection for the unborn.
Sanders posited that the decision to terminate a pregnancy must be made by the mother, the family, and even the physician. Sanders told Stephanopoulos that “the federal government, not the state government” should make the decision when it comes to regulating abortion.
The decision made by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, which decided that a baby in the womb is not a person in the first trimester, removed the power of regulation from the states. Sanders seems to support this and both he and Clinton seem to suggest that it’s wrong for government to limit abortion even after the first trimester. It is important to remember that this decision enabled the government to circumvent the constitutional guarantee of Due Process whenever the government interferes with the life, liberty, or property of any individual.
Watch Sanders’ answer below: