No one should be surprised to hear presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg publicly defend abortion through nine months of pregnancy since it's the view of the entire field of Democrats, says a pro-life advocate.
"The sad thing about Mayor Pete Buttigieg is he defended late-term abortions,” Steven Ertelt, editor of LifeNews.com, says after the presidential candidate shared his controversial views at a Fox News town hall.
“I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on where you draw the line that we’ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line,” Buttigieg told the crowd. “And I trust women to draw the line.”
The "trust women" line is a familiar argument from pro-abortion Democrats, who frame the issue as protecting a legal right for women who are pregnant without any discussion over the human life growing in the womb.
The audience happily clapped in response to Buttigieg's defense, in fact.
But that pro-abortion view is a radical one, says Ertelt, because the mayor defended abortion through the third trimester and was thus defending late-term abortions.
“He essentially said that, Well, just because late-term abortions constitute only one percent of all the abortions done in the United States, it's okay that 12,000 babies after viability every single year are aborted here in the United States,” Ertelt says of the Democratic candidate. “He defended that. He had no problem with it."
Polling numbers currently suggest most Americans are pro-life but Ertelt says more Americans must hear the message that unborn children have “inherent worth and dignity,” and deserve to be protected in the womb.
"We have to change hearts and minds," he says.
Fox News reported 1.1 million viewers tuned in for the town hall, topping the combined viewership at rivals CNN and MSNBC.