Senator Ted Cruz said most voters opposed the Democratic Party’s views on abortion
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Ark., and Khiara Bridges’ heated exchange during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on abortion on Tuesday afternoon made headlines around the nation, while Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticizing President Joe Biden at the same hearing has largely gone unreported.
Cruz said that Biden and Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, D-Ill., are on record opposing the “unrestricted abortion on demand” stance held by the modern Democratic Party when he was recognized at the “A Post-Roe America: The Legal Consequences of the Dobbs Decision” hearing, as per Fox News.
“Today’s modern Democrat Party has become radicalized on abortion. Today’s Democrat Party has said if you are Democrat and pro-life, get the hell out you are not welcomed in our party,” he said.
Cruz then said Democratic lawmakers and party leaders know that “unlimited abortion on demand up until the moment of birth, including partial-birth abortion with government funding, with no parental notifications and no parental consent, is supported by only a tiny minority of Americans.”
“They know that voters, when given the chance, do not support that radical view,” he continued.
According to Cruz, Democratic Party leaders do not share that radical viewpoint.
Cruz recalled how former President Bill Clinton once called for abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” He added: “Today’s Democratic Party does not want it rare.”
The Texan also raised two statements made by Biden, who has publicly opposed the Roe ruling.
“When Roe v. Wade was first decided, one Democrat who spoke up against it was a fella named Joseph Robinette Biden [Jr.],” Cruz said.
In 1974, Biden said he “didn’t like” the Supreme Court’s view on legalizing abortion, saying the decision “went too far.”
Cruz added that Biden had opposed late-term abortions on record as recently as 2007.
After that, the Senator cited Durbin’s 1983 statement that “the right to abortion is not guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.” The committee’s chair added that abortion laws should go back to what they were “before Roe v. Wade in 1973.”
Cruz declared that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a “victory for democracy in America” to start his speech.
“Abortion is an issue in which the American people have strong and passionate views and disagree,” Cruz said. “Those disagreements have been longstanding.”
The Texas Senator then provided a recap of how Roe v. Wade, which recognized constitutionally-protected abortion across the country, was decided by “seven unelected judges.”
“The consequence of that has been five decades of deep political division because the democratic process was prevented from operating,” he added.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe, elected state officials will now be able to choose the future of abortion.
“That’s how our Constitution was meant to operate,” Cruz concluded.