Presidential candidate and Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has a weak track record for being fair and balanced in terms of pro-life decisions.
This time last year, Buttigieg tried to block a rezoning decision for a pro-life center in South Bend, Indiana, that sought to open next to a proposed abortion clinic, the Washington Free Beacon reported. His actions are back in the spotlight as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
In April 2018, Mayor Buttigieg vetoed a South Bend Common Council rezoning decision to change the classification for a property sought by the pro-life Women’s Care Center. The decision, which passed 5-4, would have allowed the pro-life center to open next to the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, a Texas-based abortion chain that is trying to set up an abortion clinic in South Bend.
After vetoing the council’s decision, the South Bend mayor claimed his decision was not political; rather, he thought the two facilities could not coexist without serious conflict.
“Issues on the legality or morality of abortion are dramatically beyond my paygrade as a mayor,” Buttigieg told the South Bend Tribune after vetoing the zoning decision.
However, members of the South Bend Common Council, including Vice President Oliver Davis, opposed Buttigieg’s veto, saying it set a bad precedent for future disagreements between businesses in the community.
“We live in a diverse community,” Davis said. “I’m concerned…now that a group can come before a zoning board and say, ‘We don’t like that group… so we don’t want them next to us.'”
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In light of the upcoming presidential election, it is important for voters to examine decisions like the one Buttigieg made. On the campaign trail, Buttigieg recently explained his position on abortion in more detail, describing his vision to extend the Democratic Party’s pro-abortion agenda.
Last week, Buttigieg stated in a campaign speech, “You’re not free if your reproductive choices are being dictated by male politicians in Washington.” He also failed to condemn legislation that would legalize infanticide and expand abortion access.
Looking forward to election season, voters should take note of the candidates who choose to stand by and allow the atrocities of abortion to occur. Candidates like Buttigieg claim to advocate for women’s rights, but when it comes to defending the defenseless, they stand idly by.