By Dave Andrusko
Let’s be honest. In a field of rabidly pro-abortion Democrats running for President, there is no way former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke would even think about breaking with the new party orthodoxy—abortion on demand through the third trimester. After all, while a member of Congress, O’Rourke supported a piece of legislation that would obliterate virtually all protective abortion legislation.
And so, no surprise, asked about third-trimester abortion in an event in Cleveland on Monday, O’Rourke saluted the party flag: “My answer to you is that should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.”
Too bad for the baby. Beto’s “trust” is in unlimited abortion. His audience’s response? “Raucous applause.”
Douglas Ernst gave the context in a story for the Washington Times.
“Are you for or against third-trimester abortions or are you going to protect the lives of third-trimester babies?” a woman asked in footage posted online by National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis. “If there was an emergency, the doctors would just perform a C-section and you don’t have to kill the baby.”
Here’s O’Rourke’s full response. He pivots to face his adoring audience and says, “So the question is about abortion and reproductive rights and my answer to you is that should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.” Wild, raucous applause ensues.
Notice he avoids commenting on anything the woman said, let alone that the question was about third trimester abortion. She had made the hugely important point which pro-abortionists simply avoid. An abortion that late in the baby’s development is a two or three day operation. There is no medical emergency, the woman pointed out, and if there was, “the doctors would just perform a C-section and you don’t have to kill the baby.”
Beto’s evasive response. He “trusts” women.
But to make sure everyone understood—and to solidify his bona fides with the Planned Parenthoods of this world—he doubled down in a campaign event Tuesday in Pennsylvania, going from general support for “abortion and reproductive rights” to specific support for unlimited abortion.
National Review Online’s Jack Crowe reported this exchange earlier today.
“I just want to make sure that I had clarity: Yesterday when you were asked about abortion, you said it’s a woman’s right to choose, correct? Does that include up into the third trimester?” asked the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, who trailed O’Rourke as he was walking the Penn State University campus.
“I think those decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor. I know better than to assume anything about a woman’s decision, an incredibly difficult decision when it comes to her reproductive rights,” O’Rourke responded. “Roe v. Wade, though it’s being tested unlike any other time, it’s still the law of the land, it must be upheld. When we’re talking about universal health care, we’re talking about women’s health care.”
So (to quote pro-abortion Va. State Del. Kathy Tran’s famous admission), support for abortion among all Democrats running for President is abortion “through the third trimester, the third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks.”
To anyone interested in “clarity” about abortion and the 2020 presidential election, you have pro-life President Donald Trump versus a field comprised of women and men whose tolerance for unlimited violence against unborn babies is unlimited.