(UnitedVoice.com) – Over the last week, former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has enlivened pro-life activists over radical statements he has made on abortion. Appearing on “The View,” Buttigieg seemed to be condoning infanticide and late-term abortions while cloaking his position in a false narrative.
Last fall, Buttigieg defended legal abortion by claiming the Bible says “life begins with breath.”
On The View, conservative Meghan McCain said to Buttigieg that she found his statement to be “pretty radical.” She then asked him if he was comfortable with infanticide.
Fact-checking @PeteButtigieg on late-term abortion:
In interview w/ @MeghanMcCain, Buttigieg claimed late-term abortions only happen when "woman gets the most devastating news" about a problem with the pregnancy or health of her unborn child.
But what does the research say? 1/7 pic.twitter.com/wnwuMKLO1P
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) February 6, 2020
That’s when Buttigieg responded with a false narrative about moral decisions that women have to make based solely on bad news. He further said that he trusts her decision over the government mandating what she can and can’t do.
Buttigieg’s Response Is Flawed
Buttigieg offered a common tactic of pro-choice advocates… misstating the facts. His rationale is that late-term abortions only occur during emergencies such as a life-threatening health complication with the baby and/or the mother.
It is a fact that women get abortions after 20 weeks for reasons other than devastating news.
In one study of 272 women who chose a late-term abortion, it said that most did so because they:
- Didn’t want to raise a child alone
- Were abusing drugs
- Were depressed
- Had a conflict with their partner or were experiencing domestic abuse
- Had a hard time deciding until the last minute about an abortion
What Is the Real Issue?
Buttigieg chose not to answer the question that McCain was really asking. The real issue isn’t whether we should trust a woman or government officials. The real question is “what” does abortion kill?
Is it a living baby when it takes a breath for the first time as Buttigieg claims. Or, is it some period during pregnancy? Or, is it at conception?
Pro-Life Democrats Don’t Belong
During a January 27th town hall meeting, Buttigieg was asked by pro-life Democrat Kristen Day if he was open to pro-life members of the party and a party platform that would be more inclusive.
Buttigieg said, “I’m not going to trick you…” a woman should make the decision. He then said if there isn’t agreement on where the line is at, someone has to decide “who” draws the line.
Townhall.com editor Katie Pavlich had this to say on Twitter:
Pete Buttigieg just told a pro-life, Democrat *woman* she has no place in today’s Democrat Party. All she asked for was a recognition there is diversity of thought on the issue and that it be put in the platform language. He said no and told her to deal with it.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 27, 2020
In 2017, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said the party would not support a candidate who is pro-life or opposes abortion.
And this is the party that claims to be “inclusive.” Apparently that doesn’t include those who value human life in all its forms. How very sad.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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