Buttigieg on Alabama Abortion Law: It's Not Government's Role

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Buttigieg on Alabama Abortion Law: It's Not Government's Role

The Democrat candidate for president says you are not free if government can criminalize your reproductive health.

CHICAGO--It's not up to the government to tell anyone what the right decision is about an abortion, said presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, commenting on the new Alabama abortion law at the City Club in Chicago, Thursday.

"I come from Indiana sa Democrat. There are people I love, people I trust, people who support me politically who view this issue differently than I do," he said. "I don't think that you are free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized."

Buttigieg said he, as a government official, would not be within his rights to tell someone what to do.

"This is not an easy choice for anybody to face."

But, he said he believes state government in Alabama has taken that role.

"To see, in Alabama, that if someone is raped and she seeks an abortion, the doctor who treats her will be penalized with a longer prison term than her rapist, makes me question whether the discussion about freedom in this country has gone off the rails," he said.

Buttigieg has been Tweeting about the new law, which was signed Wednesday by the governor, since Tuesday.

"The Alabama legislature is ignoring science, criminalizing abortion, and punishing women. Instead, the government's role should be to make sure all women have access to comprehensive affordable care, and that includes safe and legal abortion," he Tweeted.

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