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Beto O’Rourke: Texas Abortion Ban is “Bad for Business”

Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke complained Thursday that protecting unborn babies from abortions is “not good for business.”

Speaking at a political rally in San Antonio, O’Rourke blasted pro-life Gov. Greg Abbott for hurting the state economy by signing a law that bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. The former Democrat congressman is running for governor against Abbott in November.

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“When Abbott tries to sell you on the idea that he’s good for business, just remember this,” O’Rourke wrote on Twitter, sharing a short video from the rally.

In the video, he slammed the life-saving heartbeat law as harmful to women and “business.”

“If you are driving out women because you don’t trust them to make their own decisions about their own bodies and you place a $10,000 bounty on the backs of anybody that seeks to help anybody else make their own reproductive health care decisions, that’s not good for business in the state of Texas,” O’Rourke said.

The heartbeat law may be hurting abortion businesses, but it is helping to save numerous lives. Since the law went into effect in September, as many as 13,860 unborn babies have been spared from violent abortion deaths in Texas.

O’Rourke claims he is “running for governor to serve ALL the people of Texas,” but he completely disregards babies in the womb. His 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 U.S. 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 even said he supports abortions without limits up to birth.

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“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.

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

A new report from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission confirms a substantial drop in abortions in September 2021 after the implementation of the Texas Heartbeat Act. The state agency reported a total of 2,197 abortions after the ban took effect, compared to an astonishing 5,404 abortions committed the month before.

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