Senator Cruz: Democrats ‘openly celebrate abortion as a wonderful thing’
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argued Sunday that today’s Democrats “openly celebrate abortion as a wonderful thing” and have gone “to the far left.”
The Texas senator made the comments during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” three days before Senate Democrats vote on a bill to codify abortion protections in Roe v. Wade, and days after a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked last week. it could mean the reversal of this case.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., announced the planned vote, which will be a procedural vote rather than final passage of the bill, at a press conference Thursday.
The vote will almost certainly fail because Republicans are expected to obstruct it. Democrats should capitalize on that fact ahead of the midterm elections, seizing on an issue where they think the public is on their side.
Cruz told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that “it’s likely we’ll have a vote this week or next and Schumer will in all likelihood bring back the same bill that we voted on earlier.” He then pointed out that “this bill has failed”.
“It’s interesting, he [Schumer] calls it a bill to codify Roe v. Wade, but that’s not, in fact, what the bill does,” he continued.
“It’s a sweeping abortion bill that, unfortunately, reflects where Democrats are today.”
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He went on to say that “the bill we voted on last time is a bill that would undo all reasonable, common-sense restrictions on abortion across the country.”
“It would undo restrictions on partial birth abortion, it would undo restrictions on late-term abortion, it would undo restrictions on taxpayer funding, it would undo parental consent and parental notification laws,” the senator from Texas.
“And what’s amazing is that the Democratic Party today on the issue of abortion has gone to the extreme left like they did on the economy, embracing socialism, like they did it on the border, embracing open borders.”
Cruz went on to say that Schumer “won’t get the 60 votes he needs” and that he “knows it,” but is proceeding anyway, in an effort to satisfy “the left-wing Democratic Party constituency. “.
“We’re a long, long way from when Bill Clinton was president. In the State of the Union, he said he wanted safe, legal, rare abortion,” Cruz noted, pointing out that “I didn’t agree with that statement then, but he at least recognized that abortion was something he wanted to be rare.”
“The Democratic Party today doesn’t believe that,” Cruz explained. “They openly celebrate abortion as a wonderful thing.”
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A Politico report last week revealed a draft opinion authored by Judge Samuel Alito that, if released as a court opinion, would completely overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe was the 1973 Supreme Court case that ruled that there is a constitutional right to abortion, rooted in the right to privacy.
Conservatives have long denounced the ruling as poor legal practice while Democrats tout it as a key protection for women’s rights.
If the court does vote to overrule Roe, which he could do before his current term ends in late June or early July, the decision on whether or not to allow legal abortion would be up to each state. That is, unless Congress succeeds in passing national legislation.
Cruz underscored this on Sunday noting that “if in fact the court overturns Roe, the result is not that abortion is illegal throughout the country, the result is that it depends on the people, it depends on democracy. “.
“It will mean that in the shiny blue states, in states like New York and California – at least for the immediate future – we will continue to see abortion on demand because that is where their elected politicians are.” , did he declare.
“In redder states, in states like my home state of Texas, we will see significant restrictions and the restrictions will vary from state to state and they will reflect the values and mores of the citizens of each state. .”
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“And that’s exactly how the framers of the Constitution intended it and Judge Alito’s draft opinion explains that it puts the question back to the people so that we the people can decide what the right answer is,” Cruz continued.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Kelly Phares contributed to this report.