Conservatives Rip Beto O’Rourke’s Argument for Third-Trimester Abortions as an Empty Talking Point

Conservatives went after Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke for giving a vague response to a question about third-trimester abortions, as reported by the National Review.

During an event in Cleaveland, Ohio on Monday, O’Rourke responded to a question about late-term abortions and whether the child should be saved in cases where it is viable.

“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 about her body. I trust her,” O’Rourke said in response.


Late-term abortions are highly controversial, and IJR has reported, states are starting to place protections on third-trimester abortions in cases where the mother’s health is at stake.

However, many conservatives posted about O’Rourke’s comment, claiming that he did not address the root of the issue:

“Insane how extreme Democrats are on this issue,” tweeted out a popular conservative account. “Polls consistently show that 80+% of Americans believe third-trimester abortions should be illegal in most circumstances. The fact that most major Dems can’t bring themselves to publicly support ANY restrictions is telling.”

“Soundbite policy is garbage policy. Beto replies to a nuanced question specifically about third trimester abortions where there is no medical need to abort because the baby is viable and he responds with a slogan,” said Alan Noble.

Dana Loesch also called O’Rourke out for reframing the question to fit his response.

“Thread, also he had to reframe her question to the audience to better defend his endorsement of abortion in the third trimester,” said Loesch.

“Notice how Beto takes an articulate question about abortion *after fetal viability* and the medical details of these procedures and restates it to the crowd as a question about ‘abortion and reproductive rights.’ That’s what they have to do to defend third-trimester abortion,” said National Review writer Alexandra DeSanctis.

According to a recent survey released in February the majority of Americans, even those who are pro-choice, oppose third-trimester abortions for viable children.


  1. It’s Dimocratic bingo. Anti-gun, pro-abortion, abolish the electoral college (and The Constitution), “free shit” that others will pay for…..

    Be bold Beta! Why stop at the 3rd trimester? How about retroactive abortions up to the lowest age at which you can get voters? (subject to change, state-by-state)

  2. It seems as if Beto O’Rourke is joining the rest of the 2020 Democratic candidates on their stance when it comes to late-term abortion. I wonder how this will affect the party, if at all, in 2020 with voters.

    1. Good point. The Dimocrats have limited talking points AND not a single one about helping America. “free lunch” offers do not count

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