Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade

Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (I-Vt.) joined other 2020 Democratic hopefuls on Sunday in pledging to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support the Roe v. Wade decision protecting abortion rights. 

“If you’re asking me would I ever appoint a Supreme Court justice who does not believe in defending Roe vs. Wade, who does not believe that a woman has the right to control her own body, I will never do that," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

He also condemned a new Alabama law that will ban abortion except when there is a threat to the mother's life. 

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“What they did in Alabama was unbelievable,” he said. “The idea that women in this country should not be able to control their own bodies is beyond belief.”

Fellow 2020 Democrat Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE (D-N.Y.) said last week that she would only appoint justices that support the Roe v. Wade ruling. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (D-N.J.), another 2020 candidate, then told Buzzfeed he would do the same.

A number of presidential candidates have also said they would like to see Congress pass a law enshrining the rights outlined in Roe v. Wade.

The debate on the issue heated last week when Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed the abortion ban into law. Earlier this month, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat" abortion bill that would ban the procedure around six weeks into pregnancy. Other states have also recently considered and passed laws to limit abortion rights. 

Sanders and Gillibrand are among two dozen people vying for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.