New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio repeatedly avoided offering specifics on his views about late-term abortion during an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity.
“Do you support any restrictions on abortion?” host Sean Hannity asked Wednesday.
“I believe in Roe v. Wade,” de Blasio, 58, maintained. “I believe the decision is between a woman and her doctor.”
Hannity pushed de Blasio to elaborate on what he meant, noting a Virginia bill that would have significantly rolled back restrictions on abortions in the third trimester, even up to birth.
De Blasio dodged the specifics of the question, saying, “It is a simple answer: I believe in Roe v. Wade.”
“Do you think a woman in the ninth month, putting aside health, putting aside life of the mother, do you support any restrictions until the baby is born? That’s a simple question,” Hannity pushed.
“I believe it’s a smokescreen, because it doesn’t happen in America. Women make this choice, it’s a sacred choice,” de Blasio said. “It’s a sacred choice for women.”
When pushed further, the mayor said, “It’s a very difficult choice, a very personal choice, and what we need to respect is that’s not a choice any woman wants to make. And the law — overwhelmingly Americans believe in protecting the right to choose.”
“Eight months into pregnancy, should a woman be allowed legally to have an abortion?” Hannity again asked the candidate, who is presently polling at 1% in the primary.
“Again, I’ve told you I believe [in] a woman’s right to choose. Period. This is a smokescreen,” de Blasio responded. “I’m not answering your way; I’m answering my way.”