When voters in Arizona head to the polls in November to cast their ballot for governor, they can rule out Democratic candidate David Garcia. That’s because he supports teen girls having abortions without their parents’ consent.
A new report on the Washington Free Beacon outlines Garcia’s support for secret abortions without parental involvement. Garcia supports allowing teens to leave their parents out of a decision to end the lives of their grandchildren and to engage in an abortion that could kill or injure them. he want them to be able to go to some other adult – who could merely be a pro-abortion counselor from the abortion facility — instead of the teen’s parents, who know them and love them best.
During an event for Garcia’s female supporters, billed as “Women with David Garcia,” the candidate opined about his views on reproductive rights and female equality.
Garcia, a self-described “champion of women,” was asked to elaborate on where he stood on females under the age of 18 procuring abortions without parental consent.
“Do you think that someone who is a minor, I have two little sisters who are like 13 and 14, do you think that a minor should be allowed to have an abortion without parental consent?”
The candidate praised the question, claiming it was “good” and “tough,” before urging those in the audience to put themselves into the shoes of the minor contemplating an abortion.
“That’s a good question. That’s a tough question,” Garcia said. “Let’s put ourselves into that situation for a second. Let’s put ourselves into how tough that situation has to be.”
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Garcia stated abortion in the case of minors is often not taken seriously as an issue. The audio, which was posted online Wednesday, was not available in full and skips a section where the candidate appears to further address the issue.
“Because, folks, when people ask that question, they think they go at it for flippantly … [skips ahead] … parental consent probably would, to be frank with you. And they are likely in a very tough, difficult, desperate situation to be there.”
The candidate added he would want the minor to have “the ability to go to a professional,” who could help them make the decision, but ultimately said he supported minors having the ability to obtain an abortion without parental consent.
“And, in that very difficult crossroads, in that place where there are very few places to turn, I want them to have the ability to go to a professional, to go to a counselor to make that decision with their assistance,” Garcia said. “So, yes, I do.”
Arizona law requires parental consent from at least one parent for an abortion.