Speaking at the private Christian college Liberty University this Monday, Bernie Sanders tore into the GOP’s “pro-life” mantra, saying that when it comes to children who are out of the womb, Republicans are anything but.
Sanders responded to a student’s question wondering what he’d do to protect the “children in the womb” who are even more vulnerable than those victimized by the immorally protected billionaire class:
“I understand that,” Sanders said, “But I do also understand this is an area where we disagree. I do understand and I do believe that it is improper for the United States government or for state government to tell every woman in this country the very painful and difficult choice that she has to make on that issue.”
“And I honestly don’t want to be too provocative here, but very often conservatives say, ‘Well, you know, get the government out of my life!’” he continued. “I don’t want the government telling me what to do.”
“But on this very sensitive issue on which this nation is divided,” Sanders said, “But my view is I respect absolutely a family that says, ‘No, we are not going to have an abortion.’ I understand that, I respect that. But I would hope that other people will respect the very painful and difficult choice that many women feel they have to make and don’t want the government telling them what to do.”
“But, I want to take that question a step further,” he said. “Here is where I hope we have common ground.”
“I want to tell you what was in the Republican budget that passed some months ago… When you talk about issues of children, understand the Republican budget threw 27 million people off of health care, including many children, at a time when many families cannot afford to send their kids to college,” he said.
“At a time when children in America are going hungry, the Republican budget cut billions of dollars in nutrition programs, including money for the WIC [Women, Infants and Children] program, which goes to low income pregnant women and their babies,” he went on. “And to add insult to injury in that budget, the Republicans provided over $250 billion over a 10-year period in tax breaks to the top two tenths of one percent.”
“I don’t think that is a moral budget.”