Bernie Sanders On
Women's Rights
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We vote for ideas, not genitals.

Assuming that he can’t speak for you because he’s a man is to attribute policy positions to physical characteristics. When someone says “I won’t vote for another man”, what they are really doing is writing off the candidate with the most comprehensive plan to help women through meeting the needs of poor women, queer women, and women of color because he doesn’t look enough like her.



FALSE CLAIM: Bernie is a Misogynist:

Though they keep making this claim, there is no evidence of misogyny in his past. The only thing they point to is accusations of discrimination and harassment perpetrated by others within his campaign, which occurred without his knowledge. That campaign operation was a national affair and there is no way for Bernie to have known all that was going on. When he was made aware of the harassment, he publicly apologized, used the opportunity to take a stand in support of women, and did all he could to rectify the situation retroactively. (Click Link). His response shows a deep respect for women and a commitment to dismantling the systems of misogynist oppression which affect us most directly.


Contrast that with Hillary's response in a similar situation (Click Link), and the idea that only women can support the feminist agenda becomes even more ludicrous.



  • January 14, 2020: Watch this great video talking about Bernie's commitment to women's rights.

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  • September 27, 2019: Bernie sits down for a great interview with Cosmo's editor-in-chief,Jessica Pels, to talk reproductive rights, what he would do for young women in particular, climate change and gun control.

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  • September 20, 2019: Research from the Economist show that women under 45 make up a bigger portion of Bernie Sanders’ base than do men in their same age group, contradicting a popular narrative that says the 2020 Democratic candidate's supporters are overwhelmingly white and male

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  • September 4, 2019: Bernie was asked if he supported empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth as a means to accomplish sustainability. Here is his answer: "The answer is yes. And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions. 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."

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  • August 16, 2019: Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, a repeal of Trump’s harmful birth control rules. 

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  • August 11, 2019: Bernie calls out the hypocrisy of Republicans on reproductive rights and vows to codify Roe v Wade in Iowa. He is quoted as saying “Right now, all across the country, there is a well-funded and extreme attack on the right of women to control their own body and their own future, and we’ve seen that right here in Iowa. We are here today to say as loudly and clearly as we can that we will not go backwards. We absolutely must stand up to these attacks together.”

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  • May 8, 2019: Bernie's campaign became the first presidential campaign to ratify their staff union contract, with provisions regarding discrimination and pay equity, as well as dealing with harassment. There's also a pay limit for top campaign officials — no one in campaign management can make more than three times the highest-paid worker in the bargaining unit. Campaign manager, Faiz Shakir said "We are proud of our workers and proud to uphold Bernie's commitment to collective bargaining rights and a strong labor movement," said campaign manager Faiz Shakir in a statement. "When Bernie Sanders is in the White House, he will make it easier not harder to join a union and we look forward to running a campaign powered by union workers."

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  • January, 2019: Bernie Sanders has a 100% rating with both the Planned Parenthood Action Cause and with NARAL Pro-Choice America.  

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  • August 23, 2018: Bernie voted against an amendment that would ban federal funds for entities that promote or perform abortion, including any entity that fiscally supports another abortion provider.

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  • May 18, 2018: Sanders opposes Trump’s Title X gag rule, calling it a “disgraceful attack on women’s rights.”

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  • March 1, 2017: Bernie Sanders signed a bill keeping federal funding for family planning clinics. The bill states "Family planning services, like those provided at Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers, should be available to all women, no matter where they live or how much money they make."

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  • July 26, 2016: Bernie Sanders says would have liked Hillary Clinton to have picked a woman as VP, specifically Elizabeth Warren. He is quoted as saying “Would I have preferred to see somebody like an Elizabeth Warren selected by Secretary Clinton? Yes, I would have.”

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  • July 15, 2016: When Hillary Clinton became the democratic nominee in 2016, Bernie Sanders campaigned tirelessly for three months to get her elected.

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  • February 11, 2016: Bernie Sanders pledges to repeal the Helms Amendment, which puts restrictions on American aid to support sexual and reproductive health abroad, as well as the Hyde Amendment. Arianna Jones put out a campaign statement saying “As president, he will sign an executive order to allow for U.S. foreign aid to pay for abortions in the cases of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is at risk. He will also work with Congress to permanently repeal both the Hyde and Helms amendments.”

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  • January 21, 2015: Bernie Sanders co-sponsored a bill called the Women's Health Protection Act of 2015. This bill stopped government from requiring a patient make medically unnecessary in-person visits to any individual or entity. It also stopped government from putting a limitation on medical training for abortion procedures.

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  • January 2015: Bernie Sanders urged Elizabeth Warren to run so there would be a "progressive" voice. Bernie decided to run only after Elizabeth Warren made clear that she wasn't going to run in the 2016 cycle.

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  • November, 2013: Bernie Sanders co-sponsored a bill called Women's Health Protection Act of 2013, which lifted restrictions on abortion. The bill made it a unlawful for a medical professional to perform specific tests, unless generally required in the case of medically comparable procedures.

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  • 2012: Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed speaking o women's rights in the Huffington Post. The op-ed was called United Against the War on Women. In the piece, Sanders states “We are not returning to the days of back-room abortions, when countless women died or were maimed. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman, her family and physician to make, not the government.” 

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  • July 26, 2011: Bernie signed a bill that would require pharmacies to comply with certain rules related to contraceptives, including:

  1. providing a customer a contraceptive without delay if it is in stock

  2. immediately informing a customer if the contraceptive is not in stock and either transferring the prescription to a pharmacy that has the contraceptive in stock or expediting the ordering of the contraceptive and notifying the customer when it arrives, based on customer preference, except for pharmacies that do not ordinarily stock contraceptives in the normal course of business; and

  3. ensuring that pharmacy employees do not take certain actions relating to a request for contraception, including intimidating, threatening, or harassing customers, interfering with or obstructing the delivery of services, intentionally misrepresenting or deceiving customers about the availability of contraception or its mechanism of action, breaching or threatening to breach medical confidentiality, or refusing to return a valid, lawful prescription.

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  • January 6, 2009: Bernie co-sponsored a bill called Prevention First Act. This bill requires hospitals, as a condition of receiving federal funds, to offer and to provide, upon request, emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault.

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  • March, 2008: Bernie Sanders voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP.

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  • October, 2007: Bernie voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. The bill allows government to dictate how non-governmental entities should spend their own private funds. This amendment punishes the very organizations that work hard every day using their own funds to provide family planning services and reproductive health care, including legal abortion services.

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  • April 2, 2007: Sanders co-sponsored a bill called Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act, which provides emergency contraception at military facilities. This bill ensures that emergency contraception is more broadly available at military health care facilities.

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  • September 26, 2006: Bernie Sanders co-sponsored a bill that provides emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. This bill prohibits any federal funds from being provided to a hospital unless the hospital provides to women who are victims of sexual assault:

  1. accurate and unbiased information about emergency contraception;

  2. emergency contraception on her request; and

  3. does not deny any such services because of the inability of the woman to pay.

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  • September 25, 2002: Bernie Sanders voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion information

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  • January 5, 1993: Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act of 1993, which bar states from restricting the right to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability or at any time when a termination is necessary to protect the health of a woman.

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  • January 1, 1993: Gloria Steinem made Bernie Sanders an honorary woman. She is quoted as saying “I’m only here today to make Bernie Sanders an honorary woman.”

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  • 1988: Bernie Sanders is on video telling children that a woman can be elected president. He is quoted as saying "The real issue is not whether you're black or white, whether you're a woman or a man. In my view, a woman could be elected president of the United States. The real issue is whose side are you on? Are you on the side of workers and poor people, or are you on the side of big money and the corporations?"

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  • 1972: Bernie has been an advocate for women's rights for decades, even when it wasn't politically advantageous. Before the Roe v Wade vote, Bernie made several public statements defending women's rights and calling out the lack of women in power positions. He is quoted as saying "It strikes me as incredible that politicians think that they have the right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body. This is especially true in Vermont where we have a legislature which is almost completely dominated by men. Abortion is an issue which brings out deep feelings in people, and I respect the feelings of those people who are opposed to abortion on moral grounds. I feel, however, that these people should not be allowed to impose their sense of morality or religious feelings on people who hold a different opinion."

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The Nation - December 18, 2019


Young Women Actually Make Up More Of Bernie's Base Than Men Do

Vice - September 20, 2019

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Republican ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Reproductive Rights, Vowing To Codify Roe v Wade In Iowa

The Independent - August 11, 2019

Bernie Sanders Blasts Democratic Establishment, Touts "Moral Responsibility" To Protect Healthcare, Fight Climate Change

Newsweek - May 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders Hits His Issues At Alabama Rally On Sunday - May 19,2019

Bernie Sanders Is The Most Feminist 2020 Candidate, As Far As I'm Concerned

The Guardian - April 27, 2019

Video: Nina Turner On Strengthening The Democratic Party, Her New Podcast, Bernie Sanders + More

Breakfast Club Power 105.1 On Youtube - July 2, 2018

Report: Hillary Clinton protected aide accused of sexual harassment in 2008

USA Today January 26, 2018

The Time Gloria Steinem Made Bernie Sanders An “Honorary Woman”

Mother Jones - January 20, 2016

Bernie Sanders Responds To Allegations Of Sexism, Harassment By Aides During 2016 Race

NPR - January 3, 2016