Bernie Sanders continue to support Democratic mayoral candidate who is anti-abortion
Fourth Estate Staff
Omaha, NE, United States (4E) – Vermont senator Bernie Sanders stood by his ground that he will support the Democratic mayoral candidate who is not pro-abortion.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 presidential elections stood his ground in supporting Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello during a rally last week. Mello’s opponent is Republican incumbent Jean Stothert. Democrats did not like the endorsement made by Sanders. In an interview on Sunday with “Face the Nation” of CBS, Sanders said he had to attend the rally because Native Americans, African Americans, and the Latinos expressed they wanted Mello to be their new mayor. He also said he hoped Mello will win the post.
Mello is known for being an activist against abortion. During his first year in the state legislature in Nebraska, he signed a bill mandating doctors performing abortions to offer women an ultrasound before the process.
Sanders also shared on “Face the Nation” that his support for Mello should not have been a debate because he himself is pro-choice and that he still thinks there is a need to stop Republicans from defunding abortion specifically Planned Parenthood.
Despite the explanation of Sanders on why he supported Mello during the rally, many still criticized his move. One of his critics, Ilyse Hogue, the president of National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice America, said Sanders’ support for Mello was politically stupid. Hogue added, “Abortion access is not a ‘single issue’ or a ‘social issue.’ It is a proxy for women to have control over our lives, our family’s lives, our economic well-being, our dignity, and human rights.”
Since the U.S. Supreme Court recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion in the famous Roe V. Wade 1973 ruling, there have been different amendments of the laws in abortion in the different states of the country. Nebraska, however, is one of the few states that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
After they implemented such law in Nebraska, the number of abortions decreased by eight percent. The state also required a waiting period of 24 hours before a woman could undergo abortion and must undergo a consulting session regarding the physical and psychological risks of abortion.
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