Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg declined to shift away from the official Democratic stance on abortion when questioned by a pro-life Democrat voter during a town hall over the weekend.
Kristin Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, told Buttigieg that shes proud to be a pro-life Democrat.
“Do you want the support of pro-life Democrats, pro-life Democratic voters? There are about 21 million of us. And if so, would you support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity, of inclusion really does include everybody?” she asked the 2020 contender during a Fox News town hall on Jan. 26.
Buttigieg said he wanted Days vote but didnt want to get it by “tricking” her.
“I am pro-choice. And I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision,” he said.
“The best that I can offer—and it may win your vote and, if not, I understand—the best I can offer is that if we cant agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line. And in my view, its the woman whos faced with that decision in her own life,” he added.
Day said she wasnt satisfied with Buttigiegs answer because he didnt answer the second part.
“The Democratic platform contains language that basically says that we dont belong, we have no part in the party, because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months, the government should pay for it, and theres nothing that says that people who have a diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party,” she said.
Day noted that the Democrat Party used to be more open to pro-life voters and asked Buttigieg again if he would be open to a shift in the official party stance.
“I support the position of my party that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone. And I support the Roe vs. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions. And again, the best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue, and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues,” he said.
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