O'Rourke: Decisions on late-term abortions 'best left to a woman and her doctor'

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who announced his presidential candidacy last week, said Tuesday he would not infringe on a woman’s right to seek an abortion in a pregnancy’s third trimester.

“I think those decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor. I know better than to assume anything about a woman’s decision, an incredibly difficult decision, when it comes to her reproductive rights,” O’Rourke said to applause during a campaign stop at The Pennsylvania State University. 

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The Texas Democrat’s answer echoed a similar one he gave to a question on late-term abortions Monday in which he said, “That should be a decision that the woman makes. I trust her.” 

O’Rourke shot to national prominence last year after a failed insurgent campaign to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) supercharged the Democratic base and broke midterm fundraising efforts.

He sought to maintain his juggernaut fundraising status in the presidential cycle, announcing on Monday that he had raised $6.1 million in his first 24 hours, narrowly beating out the 24-hour total of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and dwarfing that of the rest of the primary field.

But O’Rourke has faced criticism from the party’s progressive flank since his presidential announcement over what it says is a lack of specificity in his policies in the face of detailed platforms from candidates such as Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.). 

O’Rourke has expressed openness to progressive priorities such as “Medicare for all” and increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court, though has yet to put forth policies to turn those ideas into action should he be elected.

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