Beto O’Rourke Is Open To Compromise To Protect Abortion Rights

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Politics

LUBBOCK, Texas ― Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas, said Tuesday that he is “open” to “compromise” with Republicans on abortion rights legislation that would undo the current, total ban on the practice ― even if that compromise restricts abortion more than he would like.During a discussion with reporters after a rally at Texas Tech, HuffPost asked O’Rourke whether he would entertain legislation that would replace the state’s present total prohibition with a ban on the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.AdvertisementO’Rourke refused to rule out such a proposal, affirming that he is “open to consensus ― and I know this is a dirty word ― even compromise on every single issue before us.”“If we can move from the most extreme abortion ban in America that begins at conception with no exception for rape or incest, and ensure that Texas women can make their own decisions about their own bodies, I’ll work with anyone, anytime, anywhere, including Republican legislators,” he added.HuffPost followed up to ask if there were any compromises on abortion rights that he would not entertain, because he considers them deal breakers.“No,” he replied. “I want to make sure that I have the chance to listen to and work with people who have deeply held personal beliefs on this, find out where they’re coming from, ask them to listen to where I am, and reflect back what I’ve heard across this state, and then find out where we can bring common sense and common ground to help those who otherwise right now find themselves under attack in their own state.”AdvertisementO’Rourke’s comments are perhaps his clearest indication to date of what kind of abortion restrictions he would be willing to tolerate as governor ― and an acknowledgment of the reality of Republican rule that he is likely to face in the state legislature.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), whom O’Rourke is challenging, has accused him of opposi …

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