Letter to the Editor: Bernie Is Wrong To Support Pro-Life Candidates

Kiran Opal

Editor’s Note: At the Progressive Army, we strongly value the views of our readers. This was a response to Benjamin Dixon’s video: Ridiculous Salon Article Claims Bernie is Bad on Abortion Rights.  

Yes, Bernie is bad on abortion rights. Recently his organization, Our Revolution announced a new policy, that all politics are local. This supports his recent endorsement of Mello, an anti-choice state representative with many bad votes on women’s reproductive freedoms. Together with Tom Perez (who has since come to his senses), Bernie and the local Democrats in Omaha endorsed this guy, cause the possibility of a “win” was worth throwing the rights of women under the bus.

What is next? Will the Democrats/Bernie/Our Revolution now endorse slave owners in southern states, and endorse anti-environment candidates in coal country? Will donors of any magnitude now decide what the platform for endorsement is? Rumor has it the Catholic Bennett clan wants to be mega-donors, but they insist the part include anti-choice folks as progressives.

What is progressive about telling women what they can and can not do with their bodies?

We don’t care what anyone’s personal beliefs are – we want to know if a candidate is going to walk the talk to defend women’s rights, not just say they will support Roe v Wade as long as it’s the law. There are serious threats to reproductive freedoms. That is what the original purpose of the January Women’s March was all about.  20 million people marched. Did Sanders, Warren, Pelosi, and Durbin somehow not understand? And just why after 50 years of working for and defending women’s reproductive options, are these senators now willing to abandon women?

Political expediency is an ugly truth, and creates a meaningless victory.  Clearly, the Democratic Party endorsement no longer means anything.  Every woman for herself.

C Holden, Taos NM

Written by Editor's Desk


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  1. He stood his ass up in front of Liberty University and defended choice. You guys have jumped the shark. Seriously.

  2. Bernie makes it very clear that he agrees with progressives on Right to choose. Most Americans believe in a woman’s right to choose. Bernie spoke during the Primary Presidential
    Campaign to a group at a religious college where votes go mostly to conservatives. I wondered why is he even bothering? However, he did a great job of explaining to them that there are many other issues out there that they should be agreeing with progressives on even if there is this one issue that we disagree on. If we are faced with choosing between two candidates who are ridiculous enough to believe that a woman should not have as much right as a man has about choosing what happens to their bodies, we should still support the one that agrees with us on every other issue. We must better inform those who call themselves “Right to Life” the facts about what our country is doing each day. Babies, children, women–including pregnant women are being killed in our so called wars against terror and I do not hear them objecting to that one iota.

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Letter to the Editor: Bernie Is Wrong To Support Pro-Life Candidates