Julian Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate and former President Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, jumped a bit to the left of some of his competitors in the first primary debate Wednesday night on abortion and immigration.
The candidates were asked if they were pitching healthcare plans that provided public funding for abortion. Castro said his did, and he went a step further by including the transgender community.
“Yes it would,” Castro answered. “I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. And what that means is just because a woman, or let’s also not forget someone in the trans community—a trans female—is poor, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exercise that right to choose. So I absolutely would cover that right to have an abortion.”
Castro may have gotten confused on that answer, given that a transgender female is a biological male that identifies as a woman, and therefore could not get pregnant to have an abortion.
Castro calls for trans women to have a right to abortion
Castro, by some accounts, was one of the winners of the initial debate. His campaign has been rather low-profile so far, and he likely gained some name recognition for himself with exchanges like the one he had with Beto O’Rourke over immigration.
Castro called O’Rourke out for touting an immigration plan that did not call for the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.
“Some of us on this stage have called to end [Section 1325], to terminate it,” Castro said. “Some, like congressman O’Rourke have not. And I want to challenge all of the candidates to do that.”