Since announcing his Presidential run earlier this month, Texas Congressman Beto O’ Rourke has positioned himself as a favorite among Democrat voters, but controversial past remarks and actions have clouded his campaign as fast as he’s risen in popularity.
At a campaign event in Cleveland, Ohio, Beto was questioned about third-trimester abortions, and he responded to the question by answering that “that should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.”
These comments come a week after Democrats blocked a bill in the Senate that would have required doctors to provide medical care to newborn babies after Governor Northam, controversial Governor of Virginia, made comments about a child possibly being killed after being born. Northam caused a debate over the ethics and morality of the issue at hand, and polls show that over 80% of Americans are against third trimester abortions.
After being asked if he was in favor of third trimester abortions, Beto quickly took another question when there was sustained applause. And, as a result of the infanticide controversy from Governor Northam, abortion has become a widely discussed topic in the political world.
Beto did not further explain the position he expressed in Ohio, but it’s a response that will definitely ask for further explanation as the 2020 Primaries continue and the candidates within his party try to distinguish themselves from the rest.
In response to the Democrats blocking the Senate bill that would’ve required medical doctors to provide medical care to newborn babies, President Trump tweeted that “This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress.”
While President Trump has not addressed Beto or his comments, the President has taken twitter jabs at other Presidential candidates, so voters will definitely be glued to see how this conversation continues into the upcoming election season.