Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, revealed Sunday that he supports allowing women “to draw the line” on abortion, voicing support for access to abortion during the third trimester.
What did he say?
During a Fox News town hall Sunday, anchor Chris Wallace asked Buttigieg whether he supports government implementing legal limits on abortion access.
“Do you believe, at any point in pregnancy — whether it’s at six weeks or eight weeks or 24 weeks or whenever — that there should be any limit on a woman’s right to have an abortion?” Wallace asked.
“You know, I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on when you draw the line that we’ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line,” Buttigieg responded. “And I trust women to draw the line.”
Seeking clarification, Wallace followed up by asking Buttigieg whether he supports women “well into the third trimester” seeking abortions, noting that approximately 6,000 third-trimester abortions happen in the U.S. each year.
“So, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it’s that late in your pregnancy, that means almost by definition you’ve been expecting to carry it to term,” Buttigieg responded. “We’re talking about women who have perhaps chosen the name, women who have purchased the crib, families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice.”
“The bottom line is, as horrible as that choice is, that woman, that family, may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision isn’t going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made,” he explained.
Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 1
While Democratic leaders and Democratic-majority states, like New York, advocate sweeping new abortion legislation to remove nearly all legal restrictions on abortion access, polling from Gallup shows that Americans consistently say abortion during the second and third trimester should be illegal.