Democrat Pete Buttigieg received criticism from his own family Tuesday after he suggested the Bible supports abortions up until a baby draws their first breath.
Pastor Ryan Glezman, a brother-in-law of the presidential candidate, urged Buttigieg to “actually open his Bible” and read what it says about the value of human life, according to the Daily Caller.
“I’d like to make a plea with him that he reconsider, and actually open his Bible — I actually ask all people to open up their Bibles as they’re watching this — to then turn to Psalm 139,” Glezman told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“How can you read those passages that talk about [how] we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, intrinsically, yet we are woven together in the woman’s womb,” the pastor continued.
Even in ancient times, babies in the womb were viewed as valuable, as is evident in Luke 1:41. Jesus placed great value on children when others in society did not in Matthew 19:14, and Proverbs 6:16-17 states that one of the things God hates most is the shedding of innocent blood. One of the ten commandments prohibits murder.
Last week, however, Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a self-proclaimed Christian, defended abortion during an interview with “The Breakfast Club.”
Abortion “is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally,” Buttigieg said. “Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.”
Then he explained why he does not think the government should restrict abortions, even in the third trimester.
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“I think … most Americans can get on board with the idea of, alright, I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision,” he said.
On Tuesday, Glezman said he hopes his brother-in-law will “reconsider” his “absurd and outlandish” position on the rights of unborn babies.
“I’m a pastor, I share the Gospel — politics is secondary to me,” Glezman said. “I’m about sharing the good news of Christ, and I hope all people watching this… as these Democrat debates come up here in a couple of days … that people would stop and actually think. We’re not talking about just a little blob of cells, we’re talking about human life.”
He said Christ commands his followers to uphold the dignity and respect of all human life.
“We need to stand for all the born and all the unborn …” he said. “Pete has to make a decision. Are you going to stand up for the most vulnerable or seek the power and distort Scripture to meet your own political agenda? And that’s exactly what we are seeing just not with Pete but with the whole Democratic Party down the line.”
Buttigieg supports Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America, and says he would consider forcing taxpayers to fund elective abortions by repealing the Hyde Amendment.
In August, when asked about abortions in the third trimester, he said he thinks they should be legal.
“The bottom line is, as horrible as that choice is, that woman, that family, may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision isn’t going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made,” he said.