Ted Cruz on Abortion
Ted Cruz is pro-life. He states on his campaign website that he played a leading role as the SG in defending the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent laws, and prohibiting state funds from going to abortion. In an interview with Conservative in Action, he noted his support for preventing government funding from going to abortion.
Conservative in Action Interview
In July of 2011, SG Cruz was interviewed by the website Conservatives in Action. He was asked about his views on abortion and he notes that he defended the partial birth abortion ban, a parental notification act, and a measure to ensure that no funds go to abortion.
Are you Pro Life?
Absolutely and I have a proven record of fighting for Life. As the Solicitor General of Texas I led a coalition of states before the US Supreme Court defending the federal partial birth abortion ban act and we won 5-4. I led another coalition of States before the Supreme Court defending the state of New Hampshire’s parental notification act and we won unanimously and in Texas the state legislature passed a bill called the Rider 8 which prohibited tax payer funds from going to organizations that provide abortions. A federal district court struck that down, we appealed it to the US Court of Appeals. I personally argued the case before the US Court of Appeals and we won unanimously reinstating that law.
Campaign Website Statements
Ted Cruz has fought to protect innocent human life. He played a leading role in several important cases, including defense of the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent laws, and prohibiting state funds from going to abortion. These cases have all been part of the ongoing effort to ensure that every child in America receives the protection and respect they deserve.
- Authored an amicus brief for 13 states, successfully defending the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. The ban was upheld 5-4 before the U.S. Supreme Court;
- Authored an amicus brief for 18 states, successfully defending the New Hampshire parental notification law. The law was upheld 9-0 before the U.S. Supreme Court [note: this brief was awarded the Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General for U.S. Supreme Court briefs written in 2005-06];
- Successfully defended Texas's Rider 8, which prohibits state funds for groups that provide abortions, winning unanimously before the Fifth Circuit court of appeals.