It seems that climate change has become the umbrella to many leftist agendas as of late. During CNN's climate change town hall Wednesday Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said he would support population control in 3rd world countries via U.S. funded abortions as a means to combat climate change.
“Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years. The planet cannot sustain this growth,” a teacher in the audience said. “I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it’s crucial to face. Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”
Sanders replied, “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.”
So Bernie wants the U.S. to fund abortions in 3rd world countries in order to control the population to combat climate change. That serves many a leftist agenda.
“And 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,” he continued. “So 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.”
This characterization is misleading as the Mexico City policy specifically refers to abortion, not birth control in general.
The policy, created by the Reagan administration in 1984, forbids foreign non-governmental organizations from using American federal funding to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
Critics of the policy refer to it as the “global gag rule” because it forbids NGOs from providing abortion referrals.
Source: Washington Free Beacon