Beto O’Rourke Slams Texas Abortion Ban, Says Saving Babies From Abortion is “Extreme”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 16, 2021   |   7:28PM   |   Austin, Texas

Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke slammed the state’s “extreme” heartbeat law this week at a campaign event, claiming it “has functionally banned abortion in Texas.”

Newsweek reports O’Rourke, a pro-abortion Democrat, hopes to win the governor’s seat even though he lost two other recent campaigns for U.S. Senate and the presidency.

Though polls show that the heartbeat law has support among Texans, O’Rourke attacked it during a campaign event in Fort Stockton, according to the report.

“This is the most extreme law in the United States of America pushed for and signed by [pro-life Republican Gov.] Greg Abbott,” he said. “I trust women to make decisions about their own bodies.”

The pro-life law, which went into effect Sept. 1, prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Pro-life state leaders estimate the law already has saved thousands of babies’ lives.

Unique from other states, the Texas law includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law and those who help them.

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O’Rourke mischaracterized this provision, claiming it “places a $10,000 bounty on the head of any woman who seeks to make a personal, private health care decision that is none of the state’s or the governor’s business,” according to the report.

However, the law specifically excludes women from being sued, and the lawsuits are not a “bounty.”

Interestingly, at the same event, O’Rourke told Newsweek that he believes Texans should be able to find common ground on difficult issues. When it comes to abortion, however, he has done the opposite.

O’Rourke’s position on abortion is radical and out of touch with the vast majority of Americans. He had a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record while he was in Congress. He also sponsored a pro-abortion bill that would have legalized abortions for basically any reason up to birth, the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act.”

During his presidential campaign, he said he supports killing unborn babies in abortions up to birth.

“That should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her,” O’Rourke said at the time.

Later, he added that he supports forcing taxpayers to fund elective abortions, including third-trimester abortions on viable late-term unborn babies.

Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose such extreme measures. A June poll from AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a strong majority of Americans believe abortions should be illegal in the second (65 percent) and third trimesters (80 percent).

Similarly, a recent Gallup poll found that 52 percent of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion, waiting all (19 percent) or almost all (33 percent) of abortions made illegal. In contrast, 45 percent of Americans say all (32 percent) or almost all (13 percent) abortions should be legal.

And a January poll from Marist found that more than three quarters of Americans (76 percent), including a majority who identify as pro-choice, want significant restrictions on abortion.

O’Rourke’s position does not match most Texans’ either. An October poll from the University of Houston/Texas Southern University found a solid 55 percent of Texas residents support the state heartbeat law.