This past week, Meghan McCain, of “The View,” gave Mr. Buttigieg a chance to clarify and presumably back away from his comments.
Telling Mr. Buttigieg that it appeared that he was not only embracing terminating pre-born children for any reason at any time but that he also seemed to be arguing to legalize infanticide, Ms. McCain proceeded with the following exchange:
McCain: I think the interpretation from pro-life people like me was that you meant [it was morally okay to abort] a baby actually being born … I just wanted you to clarify because I found that statement to be pretty radical.
Buttigieg: I’m just pointing to the fact that different people will interpret their own moral lights, and for that matter, interpret Scripture differently. But we live in a country where it is extremely important that no one person should have to be subject to some other person’s interpretation of their own religion …
McCain: I think people, even Democrats — and there are a lot of pro-life Democrats in the country — want to know exactly where your line is …
Buttigieg: My point is that it shouldn’t be up to the government to draw the line. It should be up to the woman who is confronted with that choice. McCain: So if a woman wanted to invoke infanticide after a baby is born, you’d be comfortable with that?
Buttigieg: If this is a late-term situation, then by definition, it’s one where a woman was expecting to carry the pregnancy to term. Then she gets the most perhaps devastating news of her life. We’re talking about families that may have picked out a name, maybe assembling a crib, and they learn something excruciating and are faced with this terrible choice. And I don’t know what to tell them morally about what they should do. I just know that I trust that her decision isn’t going to be any better, medically or morally … [if] the government is telling her to do it a certain way.
So, there you have it. The man who has finished first or second in the first two Democratic primaries refuses to condemn killing a baby, not only at the moment it is exiting the birth canal but even afterward.