Beto O’Rourke unashamedly announced Wednesday that he would force Americans to fund abortions with their tax dollars if he is elected president.
Though taxpayer-funded abortions are widely unpopular among the general public, Democratic presidential candidates have been touting the plan in their political agendas.
Salon reports O’Rourke revealed his “women’s rights” plan on Wednesday, just a week before the next presidential debate.
“It’s long past time that we level the playing field and fully address the inequalities women still face in America today,” the former Texas congressman told Salon.
To achieve equality with men, O’Rourke believes women need to be allowed to abort their unborn babies – and have taxpayers pay for them.
His plan calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing, bi-partisan measure that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in Medicare, according to the report. It also would force private insurance companies to cover abortions.
Abortion activists claim taxpayers need to pay for abortions because low income women often struggle to afford abortions. O’Rourke seemed to echo this talking point in his comments to Salon.
“We must continue to call out the barriers and inequalities women encounter every day, champion women in opportunities for advancement, and defend women against targeted violence and discrimination,” he said.
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He also said he would advocate for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal rights for all born citizens no matter what their sex is. Pro-life advocates long have warned that abortion activists would use the amendment to destroy the limited protections that America provides to unborn babies.
Here’s more from the report:
He vows to make the right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade a part of federal law, so that it would stand even if Roe is overturned, and “appointing judges who respect Roe v. Wade as the settled law of the land.” He also promises, if elected, to reverse the Trump administration’s [Title X rule, which defunded Planned Parenthood of about $60 million] and to direct the Food and Drug Administration to remove “labeling instructions that impose barriers to medication-based abortions.”
The FDA regulates abortion drugs for important reasons, though. Not only are they deadly to unborn babies, they also can be deadly to mothers when not taken under the proper supervision of a doctor. What’s more, there are very real concerns that, without the regulations, the drugs easily could be obtained by abusive individuals who want to force women to abort their unborn babies. LifeNews already has reported on several such cases.
O’Rourke’s abortion plan, like those of the other Democratic presidential candidates, would hurt women and expand the destruction of unborn babies’ lives in America.
It is not what Americans want, either. A Gallup poll, released in June, found 60 percent of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion, wanting all (21 percent) or almost all (39 percent) abortions made illegal. Another poll from Harvard CAPS/Harris this spring found that just 6 percent of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child,” while only 8 percent said they should be permitted up to the third trimester. Polls consistently show strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions as well.
O’Rourke is not doing well in the polls, and his new plan is not likely to help him.