Ted Cruz on Donald Trump Pushing GOP to OK Abortion: “This is His Pulling the Mask Off”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 22, 2016   |   12:02PM   |   Washington, DC

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has commented on Donald Trump’s saying he wants the Republican party to weaken its pro-life platform to allow for supporting abortions in cases of rape or incest. Cruz says Trump is finally showing his true self when it comes to abortion.

As LifeNews.com reported yesterday, Trump said he “absolutely” wants to change the Republican party’s current pro-life platform to promote abortions in cases of rape or incest.

“Yes I would. Absolutely, for the three exceptions, I would,” he said. Trump was then pressed further and asked if he would make an exception to protect the “health” of the mother. “I would leave it for the life of the mother, but I would absolutely have the three exceptions.”

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Now, Cruz is chiming in, as Politico reports:

“His campaign manager is now a big-time Washington lobbyist. They’ve brought in tons of Washington lobbyists. This has become the Washington campaign,” Cruz said in an interview with radio host Dom Giordano on Philadelphia’s 1210 WPHT, in reference to the Trump campaign hiring of Paul Manafort to handle the candidate’s operations.

Cruz continued, “And if you’re fed up with politicians who lie to us and go to Washington and become liberals, Donald is telling us he wants to raise taxes, and he is the same politically correct New York liberal that Hillary Clinton is.”

When the host remarked of Trump’s abortion position, Cruz called it “part of his pulling the mask off and revealing that he is really a New York liberal.”

“You know, on Tuesday, two New York liberals won the New York primary: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” Cruz said, calling them “flip sides of the same coin.”

leading pro-life advocates are also very concerned by Trump’s support for changing the pro-life platform.

“The suggestion that the platform should weaken its position on the pro-life issue would set back years of hard work in the pro-life movement,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of March for Life Action.

“He says ‘I’m pro-life, abortion is wrong’ and I’m not sure that he has taken it beyond that,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, which has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz. “People who have been involved in the pro-life movement — in the politics, in the culture, for anywhere from one month to 40 plus years — are very well immersed in the language, the issues and I think they just see his lack of ability to talk about the issue as a problem.”

As LifeNews reported yesterday, Lila Rose, president and founder of the pro-life organization Live Action, told LifeNews.com she takes issue with Trump on supporting the aborting of babies not conceived lovingly.

“Rape and incest are horrific injustices, and those who commit these acts should always be punished to the full extent of the law. U.S. law forbids the use of the death penalty as a punishment for rapists, yet current law permits killing the innocent preborn children conceived in rape.  Abortion should not be held up as a pathway to healing from rape or incest, as it doesn’t undo the crime; it just adds more violence to what the survivor has already endured,” Rose explained.

Rose continued: “If you are pro-life, you can’t say certain lives are less worthy or don’t deserve protection because of how they are conceived.  To say children conceived in rape are somehow less human and shouldn’t be allowed to live is a grave injustice.  Survivors of rape and incest and their children must be shown compassion and be supported by their communities.  While some mothers choose to keep their children, adoption is the option for those who don’t.”

Over 1000 medical professionals from around the world have publicly declared that abortion is never medically necessary to save a mother’s life.  While life-saving medical treatment may result in the death of the child in a mother’s womb, there is a fundamental difference between providing that legitimate treatment and elective abortion,” she concluded.

Trump’s platform comment is the latest in a long line of comments from Trump upsetting pro-life voters — including multiple remarks praising the Planned Parenthood abortion business, saying abortion laws should not be changed and saying women should be punished for having abortions and flip-flopping hours later.