While the moment when Robert “Beto” O’Rourke broke out in Spanish and Cory Booker gave him some serious side-eye at the first Democratic presidential debate went viral, another moment in the debate Wednesday was far more bizarre.
Candidate Julián Castro declared that we need government health care so that biological males can have paid-for abortions as well.
If that doesn’t give you pause, we don’t know what will.
“All of you on stage support a woman's right to an abortion. You all support some version of a government health care option. Would your plan cover abortion, Mr. Secretary?” NBC News’ Lester Holt asked President Obama’s former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to an NBC transcript.
“Yes, it would,” Castro replied, and then took things a whole lot further than anyone expected.
“I don't believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice,” he continued. “And, you know, what that means is that just because a woman — or let's also not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female, is poor, doesn't mean they shouldn't have the right to exercise that right to choose. And so I absolutely would cover the right to have an abortion.”
“I would appoint judges to the federal bench that understand the precedent of Roe v. Wade and will respect it and in addition to that, make sure that we fight hard as we transition our health care system to one where everybody can get and exercise that right,” he concluded.
Warren, who was asked about abortion next, specifically said that “every woman” should have access to abortion.
Even though nobody on the debate stage was brave enough to do it, observers were quick to point out a problem with Castro’s statement.