At Wednesday's CNN town hall on climate change, a teacher asked Sanders, a presidential candidate, if he would "be courageous enough to discuss" "[e]mpowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth" to help "address climate catastrophe."
"Well, Martha, the answer is yes," Senator Sanders replied, as The Hill reports.
"The answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies, and make reproductive decisions," he added.
Sanders went on to discuss birth control, mentioning it at least twice, while denouncing the Trump administration's increasing efforts to force foreign countries to eliminate access to abortion.
"The Mexico City agreement which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd," Sanders continued. "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, is something I very, very strongly support."
Here's why Bernie Sanders is talking about birth control at a #ClimateTownHall https://t.co/u9qL17mflS https://t.co/uEZQcPh2Ar— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics)1567647780.0
Cupp, a CNN host, decided to attack Sanders by falsely claiming he was promoting "eugenics" and abortion.
Let’s just state for the record: talking about needing “population control” through ABORTION for the sake of CLIMAT… https://t.co/IpXMEKfMGL— S.E. Cupp (@S.E. Cupp)1567657477.0
How do you not say unequivocally “NO” to the question of whether you support the idea of “curbing population growth… https://t.co/PCrGq7i6Ju— S.E. Cupp (@S.E. Cupp)1567649171.0
Anyone listening to Sanders' words would know S.E. Cupp is mischaracterizing them.
Here's how some are responding to S.E. Cupp's charges:
@secupp To be fair he said yes to talking about it the topic and when on to say he supports a woman’s right to cont… https://t.co/XnTte2xuth— Jett (@Jett)1567650375.0
@secupp When I listened to @SenSanders answer, I hear: women should have control over their reproductive rights. An… https://t.co/jpb6c8zQr0— Jody Vance (@Jody Vance)1567650442.0
@secupp That’s a gross distortion of what he said— Mike H (@Mike H)1567652343.0
@secupp I certainly did not hear Bernie mention population control. Either he misinterpreted the question or he tho… https://t.co/9KhKxMDvwR— Jay Schneider (@Jay Schneider)1567685605.0
@secupp @BernieSanders It's eugenics when the state decides which pregnancies are terminated. Sanders made no such… https://t.co/1ztwJmXTCP— Daniel Curry (@Daniel Curry)1567677052.0
@secupp He didn’t. He said birth control.— shelly beck (@shelly beck)1567651617.0
@secupp He said birth control. Listen to the clip.— mcbc 🇺🇸🗽 (@mcbc 🇺🇸🗽)1567651019.0
@secupp That was definitely not how the question was worded.— Brock (@Brock)1567649808.0
@secupp SE...I appreciate you...but that’s NOT what he said. He is talking about contraception. Your tweet stirs up the pot in this case.— Steven Weisman (@Steven Weisman)1567650100.0