On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopolous asked Beto about Joe Biden’s recent flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortions:
“I can just tell you that I’ve always known what I thought on this issue: that every single woman in this country should be able to make her own decisions about her own body,” O’Rourke said. “Every single session in the United States Congress I voted to repeal the Hyde Amendment. I co-sponsored legislation to do the same.”
Stephanopolous followed up with a question about whether there’s rom for someone espousing a pro-life position among the Democrats (or as the host put it, “Is there any room in the Democratic Party for those who oppose abortion?”) Like any good skateboarder, Beto executed a perfect ollie around the question with an answer chock full of the talking points the Democrat base expects:
O’Rourke replied by saying that “access to care is critically important” in the “midst of a maternal mortality crisis in this country”
“It’s very hard for me to believe that we could ever produce a nominee who would not believe in a woman’s right to choose and the ability to stand and the mandate for us to stand with women in each and every instance,” he said.
The candidate then presumed to speak for the entire nation when he held up killing babies as a classic American ideal when he referred to abortion as “a core value not only of the Democratic party but the United States of America.”
Will the Democrats continue to dodge the pro-life divide? Will they continue to insist on so much ideological purity on such a polarizing issue? We can only hope that clinging so tightly to abortion might hurt the Democrats in the long term.
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