Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has elaborated on his views on abortion during a Wisconsin town hall. The presidential candidate advocates the repeal of Roe v. Wade and would prohibit the procedure even in cases of rape or incest.
Cruz sat down with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly April 4 at a town hall in Madison, Wisconsin. When Kelly broached the topic of abortion, Cruz responded that the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling should be overturned, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports.
“I think it was a classic example of [judicial activism],” Cruz said. The senator added that the issue should be decided by the states, even if legislators wanted to give no exemptions.
“Rape is a horrific crime against the humanity of a person … but at the same time as horrible as that crime is, I don’t think it’s the child’s fault,” Cruz said.
“They say you would be forcing the mother to go through unspeakable trauma to carry her rapist's baby for nine months,” Kelly countered.
Cruz did not directly respond to the moderator’s point but instead offered that if he were president, he would work to allow states such as Wisconsin to self-determine its own abortion laws, according to Raw Story.
“Here it would be a question for Wisconsin, what should the laws be governing abortion?” Cruz said. “If Roe v. Wade was not the law, it would be up to the people of Wisconsin and the people of Wisconsin might decide to allow some exceptions or not allow some exceptions because everyone agrees that you always want to protect the life of the mother.”
Cruz had condemned his rival, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, for his comments on abortion during a town hall in late March. The business mogul openly mused that, if abortion were made illegal, that there ought to be punishment for women who seek them, KTLA reports.
“It’s the latest demonstration of how little Donald has thought about any of the issues facing this country,” Cruz told late night show host Jimmy Kimmel. “Being pro-life means standing and defending the unborn. But it also means defending moms. Defending women.”
Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, the other remaining presidential candidate in the GOP case, has also stated that he hopes to see Roe v. Wade overturned, but would not elaborate on who should be punished if the procedure were made illegal.
“But, look, I am opposed to abortion in except the case of rape, incest and life of the mother,” Kasich told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “I hope Roe v. Wade will be repealed. [...] And then it will be turned to the states and the states will have to figure out exactly what the restrictions ought to be, period, end of story.”