Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Monday he supports third-trimester abortions, adding that it’s a decision that should be left up to the woman.
Speaking in Ohio, O’Rourke fielded a question from a voter who is presumably pro-life.
“Are you for third-trimester abortion?” the woman asked. “Are you gonna protect the lives of third-trimester babies? Because there’s really not a medical necessity for abortion. It’s not a medical emergency procedure, because typically third-trimester abortions take up to three days to have, so you would, in that sense, if there was an emergency, the doctors would just do a C-Section, and you don’t have to kill the baby in that [instance]. So, are you for or against third-trimester abortions?”
Here’s Beto O’Rourke at a campaign event in Cleveland responding to a question about third-trimester abortions: “That should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.” pic.twitter.com/nBrlazlMob— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) March 18, 2019
O’Rourke said he backed such abortions.
“The question is about abortion and reproductive rights, and my answer to you is that should be a decision that the woman makes,” O’Rourke responded to applause. “… I trust her.”
Earlier this year, Omar L. Hamada, a Nashville-based OB/GYN, sparked a social media debate when he asserted there is no medical reason for third-trimester abortion to be legal.
“I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies,” he wrote on Twitter. “There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third-trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no.”
Hamada discussed the issue in detail on Fox News’ Fox & Friends.
“There’s absolutely no reason to kill a baby before delivery in the third trimester,” he said. “Not a fetal or maternal indication – what we say in medicine. If there’s a problem, and there are problems in the third trimester, both with the babies and with the mom that require delivery, just deliver the baby. We don’t have to kill it.”
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