Kari Lake Challenges Ruben Gallego to Abortion Debate, Gallego Immediately Refuses

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake held a Friday afternoon press conference to challenge Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-03) to a debate on abortion.

Expressing concern over what she labeled as Gallego’s “radical position on the left,” Lake emphasized the need to address this critical issue.

“We owe it to the people of the state to defend our policies,” Lake said, underlining her commitment to “saving babies” and providing women with alternative options.

She called on Gallego to defend partial birth abortion, abortion up to the minute of birth, and sending taxpayer money overseas for abortion in foreign nations; and characterized Gallego’s stance as “radical,” stressing the immediate need to debate.

On her website, Lake asserts that as the sole mother in the race, she champions the  life and advocates for supporting women in embracing motherhood. While recognizing diverse opinions on abortion, she said she opposes federal bans, saying it is a state prerogative.

In her remarks, Lake emphasized the importance of providing comprehensive support for young women navigating the challenges of motherhood, including prenatal care, parenting classes, and financial aid. She stressed the significance of empowering women with choices beyond abortion, as many later regret the decision, contrasting it with the enduring fulfillment of motherhood.

Lake went on to suggest that Mother’s Day Weekend would be the perfect moment for this crucial debate. She argued that if Gallego and his allies are willing to funnel a staggering $120 million towards abortion-related endeavors leading up to the elections, then he should be equally willing to defend his positions on the debate stage.

Kari reported in an X post that Gallego swiftly responded with an immediate “no” to her challenge.

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