Ted Cruz on Abortion: Unborn Children Have a Constitutional Right to Life

National   Steven Ertelt   Apr 4, 2016   |   12:50PM    Washington, DC

With Hillary Clinton saying yesterday that unborn children have no right to life — or any rights for that matter- under the Constitution, a December interview that pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz did in November is making the round again on social media as a response.

As LifeNews reported, pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton couldn’t have made her radical abortion views more clear. Clinton said unborn children simply do not have any Constitutional rights, which would include the right to life.

“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Clinton said, adding that “the woman’s right to make decisions” is the be all and end all when it comes to abortion.

The Cruz interview from December with Princeton Professor Robert George is an insightful juxtaposition with Hillary’s views. Cruz argued that unborn babies are persons within the meaning of the 14th Amendment, ergo they have a right to life under the nation’s founding document.

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Here’s the exchange, starting at 9:34 in the interview:

GEORGE: Ted, the Fourteenth Amendment says that no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Now, the amendment in its fifth section includes a provision that delegates to the Congress the power, and I quote, to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this article.

CRUZ: Yep.

GEORGE: Now, do you believe that unborn babies are persons within the meaning of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and if so will you call on Congress to use its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment, pursuant to Section 5, to protect the unborn? Or do you take the view, as some do, that we can’t do that until Roe v. Wade is overturned, either by the court itself or by constitutional amendment? Where do you stand on that?

CRUZ: 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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