Democratic candidate for president Beto O’Rourke dismissed a woman who asked at a campaign stop if he would protect the lives of babies in the womb in the third trimester from medically unnecessary abortions, responding by saying that abortion should always be the woman’s decision.
“Are you for third-trimester abortions, or are you gonna protect the lives of third-trimester babies because, you know, there’s really not a medical necessity for abortion,” the woman began. “It’s not a medical emergency procedure because typically third-trimester abortions take up to three days to have, so in that sense, if there was an emergency, the doctors would just do a C-section and you don’t have to kill a baby in that instance. So are you for or are you against third-trimester abortions?”
O’Rourke didn’t flinch, immediately turning to rest of the crowd and summarizing, “So, the question is about abortion and reproductive rights, and my answer to you is that that should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.”
Wild applause and cheering broke out as he said this.
The shocking punt and the refusal to address the issue of the life of an infant that could survive outside the womb puts O’Rourke well outside the mainstream of America in supporting abortion in the last three months of a pregnancy.
It also disproves the media narrative that O’Rourke is a moderate, closer to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (R-Minn.) in his politics than to Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Polls have consistently shown that Americans do not support third-trimester abortions.
“Americans’ support for the legality of abortion varies sharply when they are asked to evaluate it on a trimester basis, which is consistent with the pattern Gallup has found for more than 20 years,” Gallup wrote in a statement in June of 2018, summarizing its latest poll results. “Six in 10 U.S. adults think abortion should generally be legal in the first three months of pregnancy. However, support drops by about half, to 28 percent, for abortions conducted in the second three months, and by half again, to 13 percent, in the final three months.
O’Rourke announced on March 14 that he was running for president, the same day that Vanity Fair released an issue with a cover spread showing him in jeans, next to a truck, with his hands on his back pockets, in a pose that reminded many of a 1982 Time magazine cover photo of President Ronald Reagan. His campaign told media outlets this week that they raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after the announcement, making O’Rourke the biggest first-day fundraiser in the Democratic field of candidates.
National Right to Life, the oldest and largest pro-life group in the United States, responded to O’Rourke’s abortion comments on Tuesday, saying: “Democratic Presidential candidate @Beto discusses abortion until birth and he is fine with it.”
Democratic Presidential candidate @Beto discusses abortion until birth and he is fine with it. https://t.co/6e4v0eYe5E #AbortionatBirth #RememberThis #PartyofDeath #VoteProLife pic.twitter.com/1ytRN9pnXm
— Right to Life (@nrlc) March 19, 2019
The Democratic Party’s swing to the left on abortion has gone almost unnoticed by the mainstream media, with reporters rarely, if ever, acknowledging that President Bill Clinton, prior to running for president, was a pro-life governor of Arkansas. Unmitigated support for abortion is now seen as a requirement for any Democratic candidate.
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