Two of my favorite GOP candidates for the presidency have put aside their differences to join common cause in an important battle for life and liberty in the great state of Texas. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have combined their resources to ask the Supreme Court to uphold a Texas law that has forced the closing of a number of abortion clinics and saved some 10,000 children from being murdered.
The two men have joined forces with 32 of their Senate colleagues and 140 members of the House in filing an amicus brief to support the people of Texas and the abortion law, which simply crafted standards that abortion clinics must meet. (The standards are the same for health facilities across the state.) They’ve asked the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of Texas’ recent abortion law and to recognize the right of the people of Texas to govern themselves as they see fit.
Here’s what Cruz had to say:
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“Those who advocate for abortion often claim that it should be ‘safe, legal, and rare.’ Unfortunately, abortion is not always ‘safe’ for women. Not long ago, we saw just how dangerous an unscrupulous abortionist can be. Kermit Gosnell, who ran a Philadelphia abortion mill, treated his women patients little better than the unborn babies he slaughtered. He subjected the women in his care to unsanitary, degrading, and inhumane treatment, undermining their dignity and health, and even taking one of their lives. In response to this horror, the Texas Legislature enacted H.B. 2, just like other state legislatures across the country, to ensure that abortion clinics are held to the same medical standards as other medical facilities. But even this commonsense regulation for the protection of women is too much for the abortion lobby, which has challenged the regulation all the way to the Supreme Court. For the most zealous abortion advocates, nothing—not even women’s health—can be allowed to stand in the way of abortion-on-demand. Today, a bipartisan group of 174 members of Congress have filed an amicus brief in defense of the right of legislatures across the country to enact medical protections for women. I am honored to have worked with my fellow senator from Texas, John Cornyn, and with Reps. Vicky Hartzler, Pete Olson, and Lamar Smith to bring this mighty coalition together.”
Here’s what Rubio told LifeNews:
“Three years ago, our nation’s conscience was shocked by the trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell’s horrifying lack of regard for the lives of both women and unborn children inspired millions across the nation to join together and take action on the issue of the sanctity of life. Together, they searched for solutions that would ensure the protection of the lives of women and guarantee that no unborn child developed enough to feel pain could ever be deliberately hurt again.
“This March, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Texas’s abortion law, or H.B. 2, which requires Texas abortion doctors to have the right to admit patients to local hospitals and subjects abortion clinics to the same regulations that apply to ambulatory surgery centers. This law is designed to safeguard women who choose to have abortions by ensuring that all Texas clinics are sanitary, regulated and in proximity to a hospital in the event complications arise.
“I am proud to join my Senate and House colleagues in filing a brief urging the Supreme Court to respect the judgment of the Texas legislature. The current Texas law best protects the safety and well-being of women who choose to have abortions, and serves as a model for other states to follow. Until we can put an end to abortion and protect life once and for all, transparency at abortion clinics must be a priority and all abortion doctors and clinics should be subject to the same health and sanitation procedures that apply to other surgical centers.”
“We must never forget the Kermit Gosnell trial and the pain it inflicted upon our nation. Today, it serves as a reminder of our obligation to do everything in our power to keep women undergoing abortions safe and out of danger.”
We need to see more of this and less of the bickering and in-fighting that has come to characterize the GOP race for the White House. If our conservative candidates could come together on the issues they agree and debate amicably where they have differences, our Party and our nation would both be better for it.
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