Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Pushes “Reproductive Decisions” as Population Control Solution for Climate Change

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During a CNN town hall event on climate change, Democratic primary presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked about dealing with overpopulation to reduce the impact of Climate Change. His answer was pretty disturbing, and has created a lot of backlash on social media.

Below is the CNN transcript of the question and Bernie Sanders’ answer.

QUESTION: Good evening. Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years. The planet cannot sustain this growth. 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: Well, Martha, 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.

(APPLAUSE)And the Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that are — that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd. 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, it’s something I very, very strongly support.

Transcript of CNN Town hall With Sen. Bernie Sanders – February 25, 2019




I’ve heard some people arguing that maybe that’s not what he meant. I have thought about it and listened to the video many times, but the transcript really speaks for itself.

The core of the question verbatim is “Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”

His answer was not the expected, “No, we should not consider things like abortion for population control, but women have the right to choose what they do with their bodies.”

Nor was it “Even though women have reproductive rights, and birth control in America leads the way for the world as an example, we shouldn’t use it as a method of population control or as a fix climate change.”

No he didn’t say any of those things, or anything like it.

He said ” Well, Martha, the answer is yes”.

And then he goes on to explain how America is an example of reproductive rights and talks about the Mexico City agreement.