Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke took the pro-abortion stance to its furthest extreme Monday when questioned on the issue during an event at the College of Charleston, according to the Washington Examiner.
O'Rourke, who has avoided specifics on abortion policy while choosing to stick to more general talking points about a woman's right to choose, was forced into a corner by a very pointed question from an event attendee.
"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 man asked.
"Of course I don't think that," O'Rourke replied. "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. That's a decision for the woman to make."
Beto O'Rourke says abortion on day before a full-term birth is 'a decision for the woman to make'youtu.be
O'Rourke's answer contains a striking set of seemingly contradictory conclusions: Yes, an unborn life has value. And at the same time, yes, a woman should be able to choose to end that unborn life even the day before it is set to enter the world.
Even more notable, this question was not framed in the context of the mother's health or the unborn child's health. It was simply a question of the value of a life, and O'Rourke, in his answer, grants women unilateral authority to get an abortion at any point before birth, apparently for any reason.
O'Rourke has previously deferred to a woman's choice regarding late-term abortion. In March, during an Ohio town hall event, he was asked if he supported third-trimester abortions for viable fetuses that could be removed by C-section.
"...that should be a decision that the woman makes about her body," O'Rourke said. "I trust her."