Democratic presidential candidate O’Rourke defends abortion until the day before birth


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Beto O’Rourke, running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, confirmed on Monday that he defends abortion until the moment before birth.

At an event with students at Charleston College in South Carolina, a young man asked the former Texas representative about his opinion regarding third-trimester abortions.

He asked:

“My question is this: I was born Sept. 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on Sept. 7th, 1989, my life had no value,”

On Tuesday, O'Rourke posted a video of the interaction to his Twitter account with the caption, "No matter how you ask the question, my answer will be the same: The decision of whether or not to get an abortion is one neither I nor the United States government should be making. That's a decision for the woman to make."

In February 2019, the Queens district attorney's office dropped a charge of second-degree abortion against a man who stabbed his girlfriend in the stomach, killing both her and her unborn child. , saying their ability to press the charge was repealed by the Reproductive Health Act. However, the man was charged with murder, a superseding offense.

There are currently nine states that allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy: Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

According to a national poll conducted by Marist University, 75 percent of Americans want “substantial” restrictions on abortion access . This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats

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