- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday he would nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court only justices who support women’s right to abortion if he is elected president.

“The idea that women in this country cannot control their own bodies is beyond belief. They have that constitutional right,” the candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent, said lawmakers are making a political issue out of a medical issue that should be left between a woman and her doctor.

His comments come after Alabama state lawmakers passed legislation last week, effectively banning all abortions in the state. Other states, like Missouri, also are passing strict abortion measures.

The tightened restrictions have sparked some Republican members of Congress to push back, saying there should at least be some exceptions in the case of rape or incest.

Sen. Mitt Romney, Utah Republican, told CNN the far right and far left have gone to the extreme on the issue, referring to states like New York, which is permitting abortions up to the moment of birth.

“Something to the center makes much more sense,” Mr. Romney said of restrictions.

Mr. Sanders, though, side stepped questions Sunday about the legality of sex-selective abortions.

“That’s an issue that society has to deal with,” he said. “It is a concern.”

Fellow 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, said she won’t back any candidate running for president that would undermine women’s reproductive freedom.

“We cannot have Democrats who are running for office who do not believe in basic healthcare and civil rights for women,” Ms. Gillibrand told CBS.

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