Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told a crowd in Cleveland that he supports a woman’s decision to get an abortion at any time of her pregnancy.
Sound familiar? It was not too long ago that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would sign into law a bill that would allow a pregnant woman to abort her child days ahead of its natural birth. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam took things slightly further and said the decision to abort a child after it was delivered was between the woman and her physician.
O’Rourke’s answer fell right in line with these controversial lines when he answered a question regarding third-trimester abortions.
“Are you for third-trimester abortions or are you going to protect the lives of third-trimester babies? … Are you for or against third-trimester abortions?” a member of the audience asked O’Rouke, a Washinton Examiner op-ed reports.
The former Texas congressman said he trusts the woman to make the decision.
Check it out, per the Washington Examiner:
The 2020 presidential candidate opted to wiggle out of the question.
“So, the question is about abortion and reproductive rights,” he began. Actually, it wasn’t. It was a specific question about abortions during the last 12 weeks of pregnancy.
O’Rourke continued, “And my answer to you is that that should be a decision that the woman makes.”
The crowd loved it. They awarded the former congressman’s generic dodge with cheers and claps. He rewarded their applause by reiterating his very generic response: “I trust her.”
Here’s Beto O’Rourke at a campaign event in Cleveland responding to a question about third-trimester abortions: “That should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.” pic.twitter.com/nBrlazlMob
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) March 18, 2019
The Washington Examiner points out a new Gallup poll shows only 13 percent of people believe a third-trimester abortion should “generally be legal.”
While the crowd greeted the answer with applause, several people online shared a different opinion:
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