Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) shocked some on the campaign trail when he claimed he supported a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy one day before a full-term birth.
During a campaign stop in South Carolina at the College of Charleston, O’Rourke opened the floor to questions and was asked about his support for late-term abortions. The attendee asked, “My question is this: I was born Sept. 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on Sept. 7th, 1989, my life had no value.”
O’Rourke responded that he believed the decision to terminate a pregnancy immediately prior to birth is a decision that should be left to the woman and should not be subject to any oversight by the government.
Watch O’Rourke’s response:
Man: I was born Sep. 8, did my life have no value Sep. 7?
Beto O'Rourke: “Of course I don't think that … but … this a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make” pic.twitter.com/DhmvzcqfRN
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 27, 2019
“Of course I don’t think that [your life had no value]. Of course, I’m glad that you’re here, but you referenced my answer in Ohio and it remains the same: This is a decision that neither you nor I nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make. We want her to have the best possible access to care and to a medical provider.”
The 2020 candidate went on to say that he believed strick abortion laws limit women’s health care options and contribute to maternal mortality increasing.
“We are losing the lives of women in our state as a result. I don’t question the decisions that a woman makes,” said O’Rourke. “Only she knows what she knows and I want to trust her with that.”
That answer didn’t sit well with many. Several took to Twitter to question O’Rourke’s support for limitless late-term abortion.
Beto tells pro-life man "of course I don't think that [your life had no value]," before arguing the man's mother had a right to abort him the day before he was born for no other reason than she wanted to
Twisted and extreme
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) August 27, 2019
There is no such thing as a moderate Democrat. 👇
Beto O’Rourke says abortion on DAY BEFORE a full-term birth is ‘a decision for the woman to make’ https://t.co/UQq7t8xPjd
— Marc Lotter (@marc_lotter) August 27, 2019
Beto O’Rourke was asked by a Pro-Life advocate,
“I was born Sep. 8, did my life have no value Sep. 7?”
Essentially, yes, if the mother says so and her doctor agrees.
Absolutely Pitiful. ⤵️pic.twitter.com/a2Idz1d5c5
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) August 27, 2019
O’Rourke has been struggling to climb in the polls since his original campaign announcement. Several recent polls show him ranking sixth in the crowded field of 2020 Democrats, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.).