The Star-Telegram, a newspaper in Fort Worth, Texas has just published an op-ed slamming Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. Columnist Cynthia M. Allen claims O’Rourke’s views on abortion are ‘extreme’ and that nobody who is pro-life could vote for him.
“Hot-button issues like immigration, global warming and gun control dominate the current news cycle, but millions of Americans still choose their candidates based on their position on a single topic: the so-called right to abortion,” Allen writes.
“Almost every person I know who reluctantly supported Donald Trump in 2016 did so in the blind hope that he would appoint to the federal courts judges more sympathetic to the cause of life. Despite Trump’s many failings and offenses, when it comes to judicial nominations he has delivered, and that alone has completely justified those otherwise difficult votes.”
The Star-Telegram reaches around 176,000 thousand people on a daily basis -a potentially important audience in a close race. However, Texas three largest newspapers have already endorsed O’Rourke.
The op-ed rightly points out that O’Rourke is in favor of abortion rights, but then claims ‘ the Democratic party has all but abandoned anyone who questions the wisdom of Roe vs. Wade.” Allen compared O’Rourke to Wendy Davis, a Democratic former member of the Texas state senate.
“Rourke’s position mirrors that of Wendy Davis — extreme. Unfettered access to abortion on demand. He voted against the 20-week abortion ban and boasts a 100 percent rating from NARAL, the political arm of abortion supporters,” the op-ed says.
Allen goes on to discuss how O’Rourke would undermine the beliefs of pro-life voters, and seems to provide an alternative to abortion. “I agree that women in crisis pregnancies need support and resources, such as those offered by numerous religious, conservative and pro-life organizations,” the op-ed says.
The article concludes by saying that O’Rourke will not create an environment where abortion is ‘unthinkable and unnecessary’, so he must be opposed.
“Some things are too important,” Allen writes. “Sometimes, you just have to drop the sign and walk away.”