Pete Buttigieg Says He Won’t Be “Lectured On Family Values,” But He Thinks the Bible Supports Abortion

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 17, 2020   |   10:53AM   |   Washington, DC

Over the weekend, Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he didn’t want to hear a “lecture” on family values from pro-life radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. But the Indiana mayor could use a lecture, since he incorrectly believes the Bible supports abortion.

Buttigieg said Sunday that he will not be “lectured on family values” by the likes of radio host Rush Limbaugh or Trump supporters. As the Daily Caller reports:

The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor spoke on “Fox News Sunday” with anchor Chris Wallace, who brought up separate comments Limbaugh and “America First” host Sebastian Gorka made on Feb. 12 about Buttigieg’s stances on abortion and electability.

Gorka questioned, “Why is a homosexual man lecturing us about the sanctity of life in the womb? Just a little curious there, strange.”

“What is your reaction to those comments?” Wallace asked Buttigieg.

And I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as political leader of the United States. America has moved on, and we should have politics of belonging that welcomes everybody. That’s what the American people are for. And I am saddened for what the Republican Party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.

But when it comes to the issue of abortion, Buttigieg definitely needs a lecture –or at least some basic Biblical education as he has repeatedly insisted that he can be a Christian and support abortion on demand. He has repeatedly tried to justify his stance by claiming the Bible associates “the beginning of life with breath.”

Buttigieg said he believes the Bible does not recognize the beginning of life until the first breath is taken.

“There’s so many parts of the Bible that associate the beginning of life with breath,” he said, reiterating a similar statement he made in September.

At the time, he told “The Breakfast Club” that abortion “is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. 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.”

Buttigieg’s biblical justification for abortion has been called out as absurd by his own family and many others. 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.

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A host of Bible verses make it clear that the Bible, and the Lord God, value life in the womb:

“Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3)

“You knit me in my mother’s womb . . . nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret” (Psalm 139:13,15)

 “You have been my guide since I was first formed . . . from my mother’s womb you are my God” (Psalm 22:10-11).

“God… from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace” (St. Paul to the Galatians 1:15)

“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17)

“You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony.” (Matthew 19:18)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Buttigieg is no moderate on abortion. As mayor of South Bend, he tried to stop a pregnancy resource center from opening down the street from an abortion facility. Then, earlier this year, he celebrated when an abortion chain that amassed dozens of health and safety violations opened a new location there.

In May, when asked about abortions in the third trimester, Buttigieg said he thinks they should be legal and unrestricted.