Pete Buttigieg has once more demonstrated that he is perhaps the most radically pro-abortion candidate of the entire roster of 2020 Democratic presidential pool.
Just days after telling Democrats for Life’s Kristen Day that there is no room for pro-lifers in the party, the former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg went on to limpwristedly advocate for late-term and partial-birth abortion on “The View.”
Co-host Meghan McCain, the show’s token moderate Republican, asked Buttigieg where he would draw the line with late-term abortion. Buttigieg recited his typical response, saying that “it shouldn’t be up to a government official to draw the line. It should be up to the woman who’s confronted with the choice.”
That’s the politically-correct way of saying “anything goes.”
Rather than settle for this nice, shallow answer, McCain continued to question Buttigieg, asking what he thought of partial-birth abortion or infanticide during or immediately after birth. “What if a woman wanted to invoke infanticide after a baby was born — you’d be comfortable with that?” she asked.
Not one to disappoint, Buttigieg fell back on the plight of mothers who honest-to-goodness wanted their babies until they discovered some horrific health issue:
“We’re talking about families that may have picked out a name — may be assembling a crib — and they learn something excruciating and are faced with this terrible choice — and I don’t know what to tell them morally about what they should do. I just know that I trust her and her decision medically or morally isn’t going to be any better because the government is commanding her to do it in a certain way.”
Aside from the untenability of killing a precious baby because of its health problems, Buttigieg’s argument has been routinely debunked.
In a study of late-term abortions in 2013 (Foster, Kimport) in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, a publication of the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, authors admit that “data suggests that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
Instead, the study found that “most women seeking later abortion fit at least one of five profiles: They were raising children alone, were depressed or using illicit substances, were in conflict with a male partner or experiencing domestic violence, had trouble deciding and then had access problems, or were young and nulliparous.”
Buttigieg’s soft endorsement of abortion up to or possibly even after birth shows a radical departure from even the moderate pro-choice sentiments of old-guard Democrats.
Naturally, his statement was utterly shredded by several pro-life advocates, such as Live Action president Lila Rose, responding to the claim that Buttigieg “did not give a stance” on partial-birth abortion.:
No, @PeteButtigieg did give a stance
He said as long as a mother wants to abort a baby, at any age, she should be able to
Even if that means partially delivering a full-grown, 7 lb infant, who can recognize her mother’s voice, & then stabbing her neck & suctioning out her brain https://t.co/eXDtNWrg9y
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) February 6, 2020
Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins chimed in, tagging the former South Bend, Indiana mayor and educating him on how to truly support the proverbial mother who “learns something excruciating” late in her pregnancy:
Hey @PeteButtigieg, let me help you out. You tell that mother that you are sorry she's received a fatal diagnosis for her child. You tell her you will help her in anyway possible. But you don't tell her that inducing a heart attack on her baby, who can feel pain, is justice. https://t.co/oFyWIq8ONV
— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) February 6, 2020
During the show, McCain, who claims to be liberal on most social issues, told Buttigieg that his stance was too radical even for most women. Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser wholeheartedly agreed, warning Buttigieg that his stance will hurt his presidential campaign:
this shouldn't be a difficult question for you to answer, @PeteButtigieg.@MeghanMcCain is right. You're extremely radical on late-term abortion & infanticide. This will hurt your campaign. https://t.co/vooIXbvu6y
— MarjorieDannenfelser (@marjoriesba) February 6, 2020
March for Life president Jeanne Mancini noted that Buttigieg’s radical stance misaligns with even the majority of self-identified pro-choicers:
75% of Americans would limits abortion, at most, to first three months of pregnancy. This includes 6/10 pro-choice Americans. 2/3
— Jeanne F. Mancini (@jeannemfl) February 6, 2020
Buttigieg is nothing but a snake. His rhetoric makes his stance on abortion quite clear, yet at every point he refuses to simply come out and say, unequivocally, that he supports late-term and partial-birth abortion.
Don’t get me wrong, support of any form or stage of abortion is abominable, but it is especially pitiful that Buttigieg insists on mincing words and obscuring his stance behind bleeding-heart talking points.
If you want doctors to be able to kill newborn babies for any reason, come out and say it, and may God have mercy on you.
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