In a press conference last week, Texas candidate for governor Beto O’Rourke stated that he did not support any restriction on a woman’s right to choose.
The entire purpose of the presser was to condemn Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that had been leaked from the Supreme Court of the the United States (SCOTUS) purporting to overturn Roe v. Wade, with abortion being a primary plank of the Democrats’ platform.
Most liberal pundits are misrepresenting the effect of overturning Roe. They are claiming that it will result in a federal ban on abortions — It does not do this. What it will do, however, is send the issue back to the states to be voted on. This is why O’Rourke and his liberal colleagues have a problem in Texas.
There is a trigger law that says that if Roe is overturned, then abortions would automatically become illegal in the Lone Star state. This could be a problem for Governor Abbot’s reelection campaign, as well as for conservative state legislators who are up for election. 78% of Texans are reportedly in favor of some form of abortion. The Supreme Court decision could very well swing some elections blue because people are passionate about the issue.
Therefore, O’Rourke is taking the extreme stance that you should be able to abort a baby all the way up until birth. His goal is to sweep up the pro-abortion vote, which includes the moderate abortion view on limiting it to the first trimester because the trigger law completely outlaws it. For the moment, however, this stance does not seem to be helping O’Rourke too much.
Abbot is leading him by 6.8 points in the polls, a comfortable margin. Also, abortion is not a top issue for Texans. The economy and its crumbling infrastructure are, however. The Democrats are getting crushed on the economy in nationwide polling. The brand is so toxic that O’Rourke declined to have President Biden campaign or endorse him.
It is easy to see why O’Rourke is embracing such a radical abortion position. What is not easy to see is a path to victory for him. He may get some votes with his stance, but it will not be enough come November.