U.S. Sen Ted Cruz wrote a powerful column for Fox News this week calling out the Democratic Party’s extremism on abortion.
The Texas Republican and former presidential candidate slammed Democrat lawmakers who rejected the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.
Cruz said the bill was “reasonable legislation” that would have put American laws in line with the rest of the world. The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that permits elective abortions past 20 weeks — a fact confirmed by the Washington Post fact checker.
The bill failed to pass the U.S. Senate Monday because there were not enough votes to overcome pro-abortion Democrats’ filibuster.
Expressing his disappointment, Cruz wrote:
… for the most part it eliminated as a category a procedure that not only ended an innocent life but ended it in such a way as to constitute torture.
I had hoped that my Democratic colleagues could see the merits of such legislation. I had hoped that they could recognize the barbarity of ripping apart a suffering child and put in place at least some limit of what we as a nation are willing to carry out in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade.
The radicalization of the Democratic Party on abortion in recent years, however, means that most cannot countenance even the slightest restriction; or the slightest acknowledgement that “abortion on demand, without apology” has its downsides. Instead, virtually every Democrat filibustered this commonsense legislation.
The vote exposed just how radical the Democratic Party has become. Polls consistently show strong public support for a 20-week abortion ban, including a majority of Democrats and women. However, just three Democrats in the Senate supported the bill. Two Republicans also opposed it.
Cruz criticized pro-abortion Democrats for ignoring how many women feel pressured to abort their unborn babies.
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“What is more, for all the rhetoric about ‘choice,’ the evidence paints a more grisly picture,” he wrote. “A recent report published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons reveals that out of nearly 1,000 women surveyed, 74 percent felt that their decision was pressured by others.”
When women are struggling with poverty or abuse or simply a lack of support, Cruz said there always is a better solution than to kill an unborn child.
“We understand that a woman can feel trapped by an abortion, and that the proper response to unplanned pregnancy is not coercion; nor is it the cold, harsh hallways of an abortion clinic. The proper response is a helping hand,” he continued. “The proper response is love.”
Cruz said he was proud to support the legislation, and he looks forward to a day when every unborn baby’s life is protected.
“I hope and pray that one day, all unborn children will be awarded the most basic of all human rights – the right to life,” he concluded.