Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that governments shouldn’t stand in the way of women who want to seek abortions in the final three months of their pregnancies.
The South Bend, Indiana mayor allowed that women who are six, seven or eight months into their pregnancies have ‘perhaps chosen a name’ or ‘purchased a crib.’
But Fox News Channel moderator Chris Wallace found no flexibility in his pro-choice stand.
‘As horrible as that choice is,’ Buttigieg said, ‘that woman – that family may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance – but that decision’s not going to be made any better medically or morally because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.’
Six thousand women in the U.S. each year choose to terminate their pregnancies less than three months before their due-dates, instead of carrying the babies to term. That represents less than 1 per cent of the roughly 700,000 abortions each year.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana said during a town hall meeting on Fox News that American governments shouldn’t stand in the way of women who are more than six months pregnant if they want to have abortions
Buttigieg is one of few Democrats who have appeared on Fox News for hour-long townhall broadcasts,
The United States is one of seven nations where women can get elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy; pro-choice advocates have begun to push the envelope and protect that positio
Pro-life advocates have seen late-term abortions as a largely rhetorical firewall in public debates – an extreme that renders more common examples less comfortable.
Some in pro-choice circles, however, have begun to push the envelope, including Democrats in New York and Virginia this year.
The United States is one of just seven countries that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The 37-year-old Buttigieg, making his first run at an office with more than 100,000 constituents, framed the late-term abortion question in terms of women who ‘get the most devastating medical news of their lifetimes, something about the health or the life of the mother that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice.’
His appearance on the Fox News Channel, a network historically friendlier to Republicans than to Democrats, raised questions on the left and hackles at the White House.
‘Hard to believe @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,’ Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.
A Democrat-stocked audience in Claremont, New Hampshire cheered for Buttigieg on Sunday night and gave him a standing ovation at the end of the hour-long broadcast
Kelly Thompson stood in front of the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for rape or incest
Fox News Channel moderator Chriss Wallace asked Buttigieg whether he supports third-trimester abortions and told him that 6,000 American womem have them annually
‘They got dumped from the Democrats[‘] boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there.’
‘Chris Wallace said, “I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance … fascinating biography.” Gee, he never speaks well of me – I like Mike Wallace better…and Alfred E. Newman [sic] will never be President!’
Alfred E. Neuman was a cartoonish MAD Magazine mascot whose goofy, toothy grin and big ears made him a spot-on caricature of Buttigieg for some pro-Trump partisans.
It’s not clear that Trump, who watches Fox News religiously and tweets about its programs almost daily, saw the broadcast.
Buttigieg’s youthful energy has drawn President Donald Trump to mock his name and his face as he climbs in the Democratic primary polls
If the TVs in the White House residence were on and tuned to their normal default, he saw Buttigieg referring to abortion as ‘a national right’ and ‘an American freedom.’
And he saw an exclusively Democratic audience in New Hampshire cheer for his defense of abortions without restrictions.
When Wallace asked it Buttigieg would support laws that placed ‘any limit’ on women’s access to abortion, Buttigieg dismissed the suggestion that government should decide what’s acceptable.
‘I trust women to draw the line,’ he said, earning thunderous applause.
He also said young Americans should have better sex-education and greater access to birth control, with the goal of ‘preventing many of the unwanted pregnancies from happening in the first place.’