Beto O’Rourke, running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, confirmed on Monday that he defends abortion until the moment before birth.
At an event with students at Charleston College in South Carolina, a young man asked the former Texas representative about his opinion regarding third-trimester abortions, since he had heard him saying at another event that “that’s a decision left up to the mother,” according to Breitbart.
“So, my question is this: I was born Sept. 8, 1989, and I want to know if you think on Sept. 7, 1989, my life had no value,” the young man asked.
“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,” O’Rourke said. “That’s a decision for the woman to make.”
These comments were described as “sick” by the pro-life association Susan B. Anthony List, which shared the video of the Democrat’s statements on Twitter, causing a great deal of controversy.
“The value of a human life can be determined by someone who has power over that life. Any parent can kill a child, the state can kill any prisoner, anyone alive only has value in as far as they can protect themselves from someone else. Bleak and immoral,” a Twitter user wrote.
New York State passed a Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22 in anticipation of the Supreme Court suppressing the application of the legal precedent Roe v. Wade that effectively decriminalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
This law opens the door to late abortions for two reasons:
First, because it eliminates abortion from the penal code so that it is not considered a crime to abort a baby at any stage of gestation.
Second, the law prohibits abortion past the 24th week of pregnancy unless it is “necessary to protect the life or health of the patient,” Press Connects explains.
And this is a key factor since the term “health” is so broad that it does not have a clear definition and includes “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.”
Therefore, by virtue of this vague definition, by simply alleging depression, a woman could abort a fully formed and viable baby at nine months’ gestation.
According to Lifenews, there are currently nine states that allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy: Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.