‘I trust women to draw the line when it’s their own health.’ Mayor Pete on Abortions #ThrowBackThursday

Just in case you forgot, Pete Buttigieg. the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana who’s running for the nomination to be the Democratic Candidate to run against Trump in 2020, is solid on his position on abortions.

At the Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg on FOX on May 19th, hosted by Chris Wallace, Buttigieg quickly dismissed the boogey man of late term abortions, saying they represent less than one percent of all abortions. Wallace announced at the opening that this was the largest audience for a Town Hall.

The exchange on abortion went thusly:

Pete Buttigieg: 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 own health.

Chris Wallace: So just to be clear, you’re saying you would be okay with a woman, well into the third trimester deciding to abort her pregnancy.

Buttigieg: Look, these hypotheticals are usually set up in order to provoke a strong emotional —

Wallace: It’s not hypothetical, there are 6,000 women a year who get abortions in the third trimester.

Buttigieg: That’s right, representing less than 1 percent of cases. So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then almost by definition, you’ve been expecting to carry it to term. We’re talking about women who have perhaps chosen a name. Women who have purchased a crib, families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother or viability of the pregnancy that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice. And 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 is not going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.”

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