Ted Cruz on Abortion in Cases of Rape: Punish the Rapist Don’t Kill the Baby

National   Steven Ertelt   Apr 4, 2016   |   7:19PM    Washington, DC

Campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, Ted Cruz was asked a question about aborti9on in cases of rape or incest and he his the pro-life position perfectly — indicating his understand of the horror of rape but also highlighting the humanity of the baby.

“When it comes to rape, rape is a horrific crime against the humanity of a person, and needs to be punished and punished severely,” Cruz said. “But at the same time, as horrible as that crime is, I don’t believe it’s the child’s fault. And we weep at the crime, we want to do everything we can to prevent the crime on the front end, and to punish the criminal, but I don’t believe it makes sense to blame the child.”

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Cruz also criticized Donald Trump for his recent comments, that he later reversed, saying women should be punished for having abortions.

Cruz said Trump’s comments were the words of a liberal trying to say what conservatives want to hear. He argued that women are victims of abortion, and said no conservative wants to see women punished.

Cruz said he wants to see people’s hearts and minds changed on the issue. He argued laws should be changed at the state level, not through judicial decisions.

He also said he believes the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision is not settled law, calling it an example of judicial activism.

Cruz has said unborn children have a constitutional right to life.

“Listen, absolutely yes. I think the first obligation of everyone in public office is to protect life. Life is foundational. In fact, as you look at the Declaration, that ordering of unalienable rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I think it’s a very deliberate ordering. Without life there is no liberty, and without liberty there is no pursuit of happiness. That each builds upon the other, and I very much agree with the Pope’s longstanding, and prior popes before him, longstanding call to protect every human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.”

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