Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is gaining momentum in the early presidential state of Iowa. The South Bend, Indiana mayor is beginning to catch fire and is providing an alternative to the major Democratic candidates running for president.
However, it turns out that he is no different than other Democrats when it comes to abortion. Like them, he believes in abortion on demand and will support abortion up to birth as president.
In recent comments, Buttigieg said the only way women can truly be free as if they are able to kill their babies in abortions. Here’s more:
On Saturday, South Bend, Indiana, mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visited Greenville, South Carolina. During a speech there, the dark horse candidate spoke about “freedom,” specifically as it relates to abortion.
“You’re not free if your reproductive choices are being dictated by male politicians in Washington,” he stated.
As Daily Wire reports, this is not the first time in recent months that Buttigieg has supported unlimited abortions up to birth. Last month, he told MSNBC he failed to condemn legislation in two states that legalized abortions up to birth, and even infanticide.
Although Buttigieg hasn’t spoken in detail about his beliefs surrounding abortion, during a mid-February appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with host Joe Scarborough, the mayor replied to a question about abortion law with a remark that mirrored his South Carolina speech:
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SCARBOROUGH: Do you support the late-term abortion legislation that was passed in the New York state legislature, as well as in Virginia?
BUTTIGIEG: I don’t think we need more restrictions right now. And, you know, what I’ve learned in Indiana, being in a place where a lot of my friends, a lot of my supporters even, come from a different place than I do, being pro-choice, I just believe that when a woman is in that situation, and when we’re talking about some of those situations covered by that law – extremely difficult, painful, often medically serious situations where life or health of the mother is at stake – the involvement of a male government official like me is not helpful.
The presidential hopeful is merely repeating the tired line that abortion (women’s legal ability to kill their unborn babies) is empowering for women as they compete with men for power. Yet Buttigieg demeans women by suggesting that women cannot be equal to men unless they can kill their own children.
Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, an assistant professor at Texas State University, recently responded to this dangerous and pervasive idea at The Public Discourse.
“Identifying abortion with women’s freedom is conceding the idea that male biology and male experience are the paramount ideal for human experience,” Menchaca-Bagnulo wrote. “… freedom does not require women to become like men. The price of freedom should not force us to change something essential about ourselves and our capacities.”
Nor should freedom come at the price of one’s own children. Yet, this is what abortion activists like Buttigieg openly and proudly advocate for today.