June 23, 2021

Sen. Cruz Addresses Senate Committee: Pro-Abortion WHPA would “strike down any state laws protecting human life”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last Wednesday to criticize pro-abortion legislators pushing for the passage of the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA). If the WHPA is passed into law, it would remove virtually all federal and state protections for unborn children.

Sen. Cruz gave a brief history of abortion in the United States, pointing out that the Supreme Court created a right to abortion that was not written into the Constitution by the founding fathers. Since then, 62 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion. Now, amidst pressure from pro-abortion forces to "codify" Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court can overturn it, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is sponsoring legislation that would go even farther than current Supreme Court precedent. Current precedent allows states to enact some laws regulating or restricting abortion, but the WHPA would remove that ability entirely.

Here is an excerpt of Sen. Cruz's remarks:

“Many state laws protecting life, laws that protect unborn life from the most inhumane abuses and atrocities, should be completely uncontroversial. I want to highlight three examples of these common sense laws. First are laws that protect infants who are born alive or breathing and crying outside the womb after surviving an attempted abortion procedure. This year alone, the states of Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Wyoming have passed laws requiring physicians to provide medical care to these infants because protecting a child who is born alive shouldn’t be even remotely controversial.

“Second are laws that protect unborn children from being killed by horrific dismemberment abortions. These abortions, known as dilation and evacuation, or D and E abortions, are horrendous. They have no place in civilized society. In these abortions, a physician cuts and rips apart the unborn child’s body and extracts piece by piece, arm by arm, leg by leg. What moments before had been a living human being. The unborn child dies the same way as an adult would die who had been dismembered – by bleeding to death as his or her body is torn apart. If an individual murdered an animal in this way, tearing apart a kitten or a puppy, everyone would understandably be horrified and demand that the individual be prosecuted. How can it be that unborn children should be protected less than animals?

“Third, are laws that protect unborn children from being killed because of their immutable characteristics, such as race, sex, or disability status. These are anti-eugenics laws. Plain and simple. Right now, 67 percent of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the United States are aborted.”

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