Carmen Fowler LaBerge on Are We Trying to Save the Earth for Our Children or from Them?

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is seen during a live CNN Town Hall moderated by Chris Cuomo at Saint Anselm College on Monday, April 22, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Elijah Nouvelage for CNN

People are the problem. Well, prospective people. That was the message from Bernie Sanders and others at CNN’s Climate Town Hall. There are too many people. How to solve the problem? Kill off the children of the poor before they’re even born.

Bernie Sanders presented a climate change plan which, he admitted, would cause “some pain” — especially if you are a woman in the developing world. Those who didn’t tune in because it was going to be seven hours on climate issues missed onstage revelations like this:

“There will be a transition and there will be some pain there,” Sanders continued. “There’s going to be change and we’re going to have to ask people to understand that we’ve got to make those changes now even though they’re going to be a little uncomfortable for the sake of future generations.”

But those future generations, in Bernie’s world, would only be born in certain places to certain kinds of people. Poor people in developing countries would be assisted in not having babies through U.S. taxpayer-funded abortions. Bernie Sanders isn’t going to save the planet for children but from them.

While I support the cooperative work with global partners to make birth control available to women everywhere and de-stigmatize its use around the world, I do not support the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to weaponize abortion against the poor in the developing world. Is that what’s he’s really proposing, you ask? Yes. When he makes references to the Mexico City agreement and U.S. aid, that’s exactly what he means.

It is actually the Mexico City Policy and it has been instated, revoked, and reinstated every time there’s a change in the U.S. Presidency. On January 23, 2017, the third executive order signed by the newly inaugurated Donald Trump put the Mexico City Policy back into effect.  It was originally signed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan and named after the city where the announcement was made as part of a United Nations population conference.

The policy prevents foreign entities receiving U.S. taxpayer funds from advocating for abortion. The complication comes when funds are also restricted from international family planning services. It is an area where real conversations need to take place as women do need education and access to effective birth control as well as the de-stigmatization of its use. But it must be made clear that abortion is not birth control. As these lines were blurred by international family planning services they were cut off from U.S. taxpayer funds.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Carmen Fowler LaBerge