Lone confirmed presidential candidate Ted Cruz is incredibly conservative and all about small government. He's committed to keeping the feds out of your business except when it comes to women's issues, most notably abortion. Cruz's position on abortion is that he opposes it fully, and he has even used his political status to issue a disapproval resolution against D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, a citywide measure that effectively prevents undue consequences from employers in the face of an employee using birth control or terminating a pregnancy.
While the city of Washington, D.C. is pretty liberal, and resolutions such as Cruz's are rare to pass, it sends a strong political statement that he thinks this is a cause worth fighting for, even if Cruz has no affiliation with the city save for his senatorial duties. A quick look at Cruz's own website under the subheading of "Life, Marriage, and Family" brings up the following statement:
Without life, there is no liberty. And ensuring every child is born into a home with a loving family provides the best chance for that child to achieve anything. That is why Ted Cruz has been on the front lines defending life and standing up for marriage when it has come under assault from activist judges.
Cruz then details the campaign he led to defend and successfully uphold the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, a medical procedure typically referred to as dilation and extraction, which involves terminating a late-term pregnancy. Although the ban does not prohibit all abortions, Cruz has been crystal clear in his thoughts on them, denouncing the 40th anniversary of Roe vs Wade in a statement on his website that has curiously been removed since the announcement of his presidential campaign. An archived snapshot of Cruz's statement reads as follows:
Today marks the dark anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned a Texas law that prohibited abortion on demand. Since that 1973 ruling, more than 55 million lives have been lost to abortion.
Cruz pulls at the heartstrings and waxes poetic on who those 55 million people could've been before reiterating his stance on abortion and highlighting his perceived accomplishments:
I have been honored to defend the dignity of human life, helping successfully defend the federal Partial Birth Abortion Act, state parental notification laws, and Texas’s law prohibiting state funds for groups that provide abortions. No right is more precious and fundamental than the right to life, and any just society should protect that right at every stage, from conception to natural death.
The last sentence is especially odd given his staunch support of the death penalty. Cruz is so vehemently against abortion that he'll unknowingly contradict himself just to defend that stance, it seems. Cruz might find abortion to be the real "war on women", but it is his staunch views against it and reproductive rights as a whole that are truly damaging. Images: Getty Images (2)