Cruz in Response to Trump Comments on Abortion: Don’t Punish Mothers for Killing Babies

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says that abortion-minded mothers shouldn’t be charged for killing their unborn children in response to comments from Donald Trump that they should face “some form of punishment”—a remark Trump later recanted.

Trump had been interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during a town hall event on Wednesday.

“Do you believe in punishment for abortion—yes or no—as a principle?” Matthews inquired.

“The answer is there has to be some form of punishment,” Trump replied.

“For the woman?” Matthews asked.

“Yeah, there has to be some form,” Trump stated.

“Ten cents, 10 years, what?” Matthews inquired in seeking to obtain specifics.

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“That I don’t know,” Trump said.

Following Trump’s remarks, Ted Cruz released a statement excoriating Trump over the idea that mothers should face any type of criminal charges for killing their unborn children.

“Once again Donald Trump has demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention,” he said. “On the important issue of the sanctity of life, what’s far too often neglected is that being pro-life is not simply about the unborn child; it’s also about the mother—and creating a culture that respects her and embraces life.”

“Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women,” Cruz continued. “[W]e should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world.”

Professing pro-life groups such as March for Life also condemned Trump for his statements.

“Mr. Trump’s comment today is completely out of touch with the pro-life movement and even more with women who have chosen such a sad thing as abortion,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “No pro-lifer would ever want to punish a woman who has chosen abortion. This is against the very nature of what we are about.”

But abortion abolitionists expressed concern that professing pro-life Americans would want a mother who hires a man to kill her child to get away with murder.

“An abortionist can only murder a child if the child’s mother gives him the permission and power to do so. Apart from that an abortionist cannot murder a pre-born child. But hey, the pro-life movement thinks that only the abortionist should be punished, but not the woman in whose hands lies the power of life or death for her child,” wrote Abolish Human Abortion on social media.

“Every day the distinction between abolitionists and non-abolitionists becomes clearer and clearer,” it said. “Although we say abortion is murder, we don’t want the mothers actually charged with murder (prolifeism). Abortion IS murder and should be punishable as such (abolitionism).”

Hours later, Trump later released a statement providing clarification, advising that he believes only the abortionist should be punished, not the mother.

“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman,” he said.

“The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb,” Trump continued. “My position has not changed—like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”

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  • Catherine Neill

    I am a Christian women, who unfortunately ruined my body with promiscuity early in life, and have never been able to have children. I frankly think abortion should be illegal, and then women who somehow manage to get an abortion should be charged with murder, along with the abortionist. If you don’t want children, don’t have sex, or learn how to use birth control….period, end of subject – ABORTION IS MURDER!

    • Amos Moses

      Repentance………Christ will forgive all who repent of their sins. His blessings to you.

  • storie

    Two things bother me about this.
    1- If abortion is murder, then shouldn’t there be consequences for the Mother? She authorizes it. No one forces a woman to have an abortion in America.
    2- I like Ted Cruz a lot but do not agree with his take on this.

  • Amos Moses

    So this is the candidate “anointed by God” to be our president?

  • gizmo23

    The pro life movement needs to stop calling women murderers if they can’t stomach women being arrested and sent to prison

  • Justin Time

    if one believes abortion is murder and it should be illegal, then it’s rather ridiculous that you give the person you are claiming is doing the illegal act of murder a free pass. The only reason the pro life side was in such outrage is because saying the woman should be punished poll tests badly so they wanted to hide behind their poll tested talking point not to hurt their cause.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      There is a ton of truth to what you say here. All pro-lifers are for going after the abortionist and charging him or her with murder, since it generally is him or her who actually does the dirty deed. There is a split on what the charge should be for the woman who signs off on the killing, as this story indicates.

      You are correct on the polling, but to be fair, the polling is bad on abolishing abortion in general, which is why the GOP does not have the courage to make it their single issue, like they did with slavery.

      The GOP has at least had the courage to consistently vote against it, while the other party has done everything possible to fight any and all restrictions, tooth and nail, on abortion – including the morally reprehensible and barbaric partial birth abortion and their even more repugnant opposition to the Born Alive Act.

      History – and God – will be no kinder to the Abortion Party than they were to them when they were the Slavery Party.

  • Politicians refuse to say – hey – if it is illegal – then it may be murder unless their is an underlying health reason on the mothers part.

  • Peter Leh

    Is cruz still cheating on his wife?

  • Lawrence Johnson

    Ted the ” Canadian” Cruz didn’t say what his plan was ,is or otherwise , but oh so quick to point fingers and blame Donald . Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing the women. We should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world. But Ted what is your view?

  • Cobra

    both the mother and the abortionist are murders

  • Paige Turner

    Roe V Wade

    • Weasel1886

      No one took the bait?

      • Paige Turner

        Facts aren’t bait 🙂

  • TheKingOfRhye

    wow…..Trump managed to tick off pro-choice AND pro-life people at the same time. I didn’t think that was possible, but I guess if anyone could do it….

  • Pam Cooper

    Who else should be held accountable for killing their baby? I do want to qualify that statement in that I understand there are circumstances that should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. I am pro-life . . . with exceptions, too!

  • Brady

    Ted Cruz says that abortion is not very nice, but he doesn’t regard it as a crime. That’s what this amounts to.

  • “Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” (Proverbs 25:26)

    Trump’s equivocation and his opponents’ politically correct objections is what you get when you have no immutable standard but only fickle man-made concepts by which to ethically judge everything.

    The battle against this atrocity begins with identifying it correctly. By calling it “abortion,” we’ve already acquiesced to the opposition’s terminology. Look up “abortion” and “miscarriage” in any dictionary. A miscarriage is an abortion. What doctors (and parents) do to infants in the womb is infanticide. Had Roe v. Wade been waged over infanticide rather than abortion, it would have never made it to the court room. In fact, by employing the word “abortion,” Roe v. Wade was won before it ever got to court.

    The Greek word “brephos” employed in the New Testament for infants already born is the same word used for infants in the womb (Luke 2:12 and Luke 1:41), without specifying the precise moment they became a “brephos.” Therefore, our only option is to then accept that they became such at conception. Thus, intentionally killing a brephos at any point is “brephocide” or, more properly, infanticide.

    Murder is murder is murder regardless the age of the victim and who’s involved in carrying it out.

    Had the 18th-century founders not replaced Yahweh’s unchanging moral law (including Exodus 21:22-23) for their own capricious Enlightenment concepts, this wouldn’t even be an issue in America.

    For more on how Yahweh’s triune moral law (His Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments) apply and should be implemented today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant.” Click on my picture, then our website. Go to our Online Books page and scroll down to title.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Abortion is murder except the case of saving mother’s physical life.