Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke waves to the audience as he is introduced prior to an interview with Oprah Winfrey live on a Times Square stage at “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square,” Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
This morning I wrote about a campaign appearance 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made in Charleston, SC on Monday where he was asked by a pro-life voter about his stance on abortions late into the third trimester of pregnancy when the unborn baby is viable.
O’Rourke’s answer was not surprising but was very disturbing nevertheless, and spoke volumes about the left’s ghoulish position on abortion. To quickly recap, here’s an abbreviated version of the transcript:
Voter: And someone asked you specifically, specifically about third trimester abortions, and you said that’s a decision left up to the mother. So, my question is this: I was born September 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on September 7th, 1989, my life had no value.
Beto: Of course I don’t think that. And 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.
(The College of Charleston crowd uproariously applauds)
We want her to have the best possible access to care and to a medical provider, and I’ll tell you the consequence of this, this attack on a woman’s right to choose …
Voter interjects: But what about my right to life?
Beto:I listened to you and I heard your question. I’m answering it. And the attack on Roe v. Wade, which we thought was the settled law of the land, and lest we had any illusion that the achievements that we’ve made are protected forever, or that progress is inevitable, that has been shattered right now.
As I noted in my post, it was mostly a stock answer he gave on the issue, designed to win applause. But reading between the lines, here’s what Beto was really telling that pro-life voter even though he didn’t actually say the words:
“Yes, I’m glad you’re here but I’m also glad your mother had the right to abort you up to the moment of birth and it would have been ok if she did because it’s legal and we should respect a woman’s decision no matter what it is.”
Unfortunately, O’Rourke doubled down on that position in a tweet posted this afternoon, which includes video of the voter’s question and Beto’s answer:
No matter how you ask the question, my answer will be the same: The decision of whether or not to get an abortion is one neither I nor the United States government should be making. That's a decision for the woman to make. pic.twitter.com/0AcwfGQ1dr
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 27, 2019
Several conservative websites have written about this story, but the only mainstream media outlet I’ve seen report on it is Fox News. Don’t look for many – if any – journalists from other major news outlets to write about it, or press him for more specifics on his answer, or ask him if there should be any exceptions for third trimester abortions.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –