‘There’s 6,000 women a year who get abortions in the third trimester…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg tried to dodge a question about late-term abortion during a Fox News townhall on Sunday, claiming third trimester abortions are just “hypotheticals.”
“Just to be clear: you’re saying you’d be okay with a woman well into the third trimester deciding to abort her pregnancy?” host Chris Wallace asked Buttigieg.
“These hypotheticals are usually set up in order to provoke a strong emotional—” Buttigieg began.
“It’s not hypothetical,” Wallace continued. “There’s 6,000 women a year who get abortions in the third trimester.”
“That’s less than one percent of cases,” Buttigieg replied. “So, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then it almost by definition, expecting to carry it to term.
“We’re talking women who have perhaps chosen a name, purchased a crib, families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime. Something about the health or life of the mother forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice, as horrible as that choice is.
“That woman, that family, may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision is not going to be made any better – medically or morally – because the government is dictating how that decision should be made,” Buttigieg continued.
Buttigieg’s middle-of-the-road answer allowed him not to alienate differing members of the Democratic Party without taking a strong stand on the question either way.
Several states have recently passed pro-life laws to limit abortion.
Alabama recently passed a law completely banning abortion in the state, and Georgia passed a heartbeat bill, which bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected. Both states allow exceptions for the legitimate need to protect the life of the mother.
Missouri’s House approved a near-total abortion ban last week, and the governor is expected to sign it soon.
These proposals are designed to trigger a court challenge that the GOP sees as a way of overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide, especially as Democrats embrace radical forms of abortion, like late-term abortions.