Today, Bernie’s campaign tweeted a Mother Jones’ article that stated his opposition to all restrictions on abortion. In 2003, Bernie voted to oppose a ban on partial birth abortions– violent, grotesque procedures.
Think about the loss of geniuses like Chopin, Renoir or Tolstoy; leaders like MLK, Gandhi, or FDR, if they had been aborted. It makes me wonder how many brilliant and beautiful people have been killed in the womb. But aside from this consideration, each person, talented, intelligent or not, has dignity and the right to life.
My position on abortion is fundamentally and unequivocally opposed to that of Bernie Sanders. One wonders how a leader can call for a moral and just society while refusing to advocate for the most vulnerable among us.
Perhaps, if Bernie is elected, he will work to create social programs and a just economy, so women will not feel the pressure to abort their babies. It is with this possibility in mind– and the lack of alternative candidates, none of whom give us real hope they will fight against social injustice– that I feel I can still support Bernie.