Former Congressman Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, a Democrat from Texas who announced today that he is running for president in 2020, supports abortion across the board, including up to the moment of birth, according to his legislative record.
O'Rourke, 46, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2013 to January 2019. He lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2018 Senate election. In his presidential-run announcement, O'Rourke said, "The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us. We are truly now more than ever the last great hope of Earth."
In Congress in 2017, O'Rourke co-sponsored H.R. 1322, the Women's Health Protection Act. This proposal, which is still sitting the House, would erase nearly all state restrictions on abortion. As it states, "It is the purpose of this Act to protect women’s health by ensuring that abortion services will continue to be available and that abortion providers are not singled out for medically unnecessary restrictions that burden women by preventing them from accessing safe abortion services."
The bill is described by pro-life advocates as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act.” As reported by LifeNews.com, "This is a bill radical even by pro-abortion standards that would invalidate nearly all state and federal limitations on abortion, including women’s right-to-know laws and waiting periods. It would also invalidate Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection laws that protect babies 20 weeks and older who can feel excruciating pain during abortion."
The Women's Health Protection Act does not prohibit abortions in the ninth month or even at the moment of birth.
O'Rourke supported similar legislation in 2015 and 2013. The Women's Health Protection Act of 2013, as Texas Right to Life reported, would "strip states (and any government) of their ability to write any pro-life laws whatsoever. This would legalize abortion until birth, and make abortion the mandatory standard in all 50 states."
In 2017, O'Rourke voted against H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited abortion after 20 weeks.
In 2015, O'Rourke signed onto a congressional letter to President Obama, urging him to re-interpret the Helms Amendment and allow "abortions in foreign countries through American foreign aid," reported Texas Right to Life.
In 2014, O'Rourke voted against H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. As Texas Right to Life reported, the bill would have reinstated "the federal ban on taxpayer dollars being used for abortions in light of the new Obamacare legislation."
O'Rourke has a 100% rating with the pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America.