Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) declined to name a single circumstance at any point during a pregnancy where he would be okay with making abortion illegal during a Democratic presidential town hall on the Fox News Channel on Monday.
Sanders was asked, [relevant exchange begins around 3:30] “[C]an you name a single circumstance, at any point in a pregnancy, in which you would be okay with abortion being illegal?”
He responded, “It’s not a question of me being okay. Here’s a little — thank you for the question, Bret. I happen to believe, and let me be very clear about it, I know not everybody here will agree with me. I happen to believe that it is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to do with her own body. I think, I believe, and I understand there are honest people, and I have a lot of friends, some supporters, and some disagree with me, they hold a different point of view, and I respect that. But that is my view. And I’ll tell you something, which I don’t like in this debate, there are a whole lot of people out there, who tell me the government is terrible, government is awful, get government off our backs. My Republican friends want to cut Social Security, Medicaid, — Medicare, Medicaid, education. But somehow on this issue, they want to tell every woman in America what she should do with her body.”
Sanders added, “I am very strongly pro-choice. That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician, and her family. That’s my view.”
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