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Mayor Pete has branded himself in the public eye as a “Mayor from the Heartland”.
A guy who is relatively milktoast and inoffensive.
Yet the more America learns, the more people are beginning to question just how radical his policies actually are.
The issue in question dates back to an old statement where he said some people don’t consider a baby to be a person until it takes its first breath.
And he used the Bible to support that position.
Here’s more on that, from our friends over at the Daily Caller:
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg suggested Friday that unborn babies can be aborted up until they draw their first breath, saying parts of the Bible mention “how life begins with breath.”
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor spoke with “The Breakfast Club” on Friday morning about his comprehensive Douglass Plan, his thoughts on whether America is ready for a gay president, and whether black voters should vote for him.
Buttigieg discussed how the Bible talks about life beginning with breath, and suggested this would be one way to determine when life began in relation to abortion debates.
He said Republicans hold everyone in line with doctrine about abortion.
” … which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally,” Buttigieg said. “Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.”
He added that he’s pro-choice.
“I think, no matter what you think about the kind of cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, alright, I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision,” the South Bend mayor continued.
“They are so busy attacking Planned Parenthood,” Buttigieg said. “I’d like to know what they think of unplanned parenthood.”
Buttigieg also defended a woman’s right to late-term abortions at a Fox News town hall in May.
“I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on where you draw the line, that we’ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line, and I trust women to draw the line when it’s their life,” Buttigieg told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Wallace then asked if he would be “okay with a woman, well into the third trimester, deciding to abort her pregnancy.”
“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,” said Buttigieg, after asking Wallace to put himself in the shoes of the woman in that situation.
So when he appeared on The View this week, Megyn McCain pressed him on the issue, appearing to give him a chance to "correct the record".
He did not take her up on that opportunity and again refused to say he was against infanticide in the event you had a baby born alive but not breathing.
Watch it here folks:
Most Republicans have a clear opposition to that position, and are appalled at the candidates inability to make the simple statement that of course he would not be in favor of that.
But he didn't say it.
McCain gave him multiple opportunities and he dodged each one.
Here's more on the story from Fox News:
"What if a woman wanted to invoke infanticide after a baby was born -- you'd be comfortable with that?" co-host Meghan McCain asked. Buttigieg balked at McCain's argument.
"We're talking about families that may have picked out a name -- may be assembling a crib -- and they learn something excruciating and are faced with this terrible choice -- and I don't know what to tell them morally about what they should do," he said. "I just know that I trust her and her decision medically or morally isn't going to be any better because the government is commanding her to do it in a certain way."
Live Action President Lila Rose blasted Buttigieg: "He said as long as a mother wants to abort a baby, at any age, she should be able to [e]ven if that means partially delivering a full-grown, 7 lb infant, who can recognize her mother’s voice, & then stabbing her neck & suctioning out her brain."
Criticism of Mayor Pete came fast and furious online:
Here's even more, from the Daily Caller:
2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg refused Thursday to say whether he supports infanticide.
Buttigieg spoke with The View’s Meghan McCain regarding his stance on abortions Thursday morning. McCain reminded Buttigieg that he once suggested that unborn babies can be aborted up until they draw their first breath, and offered Buttigieg a chance to walk back this statement, noting that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s infanticide comments have accelerated the discussion of when a woman should be able to have an abortion.
“I just wanted you to clarify, because I found that statement to be pretty radical,” she told him.
But Buttigieg did not walk back his previous statement.
“I’m just pointing to the fact that different people will interpret their own moral lights, and for that matter, interpret scripture differently,” he said. “But we live in a country where it is extremely important that no one person has to be subjected to some other person’s interpretation of their own religion.”
The 2020 presidential candidate added that his point was that “it shouldn’t beup to a government official to draw the line. It should be up to the woman.”
“If a woman wanted to invoke infanticide after a baby was born, you’d be comfortable with that?” McCain asked him.
“Think about the situation. If this is a late-term situation, then by definitionit’s one where a woman was expecting to carry the pregnancy to term. Then she gets the most perhaps devastating news of her life. We’re talking about families that may have picked out a name, maybe assembling a crib and theylearn something, excruciating, and are faced with this terrible choice,” the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor said.
“I don’t know what to tell them morally about what they should do,” he continued. “I just know that I trust her and her decision medically or morally isn’t going to be any better because the government is commanding her to do it.”