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 SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump 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. 


“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 GillibrandOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' MORE (D-N.Y.) said last week that she would only appoint justices that support the Roe v. Wade ruling. Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerJudge whose son was killed by gunman: 'Federal judiciary is under attack' Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires 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.