Texas Senator Ted Cruz's father spoke recently about his immigration to Americas from Cuba and likened the Obama Administration to the Fidel Castro regime. In that speech he talked about bringing up his son around the Bible and the United States Constitution. As a result, we have seen Senator Ted Cruz take strong stands and be very bold in the Senate, which has been refreshing. He has also recently expressed support for the Texas Senate Bill 1 that would ban the murder of the unborn after 20 weeks and it would also raise the standards of care at abortion clinics by requiring them to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, something that many believe will mean that several of these clinics will have to shut down because of.

Cruz submitted testimony on Monday for the record, but it was also read at the Stand for Life Rally Monday evening at the Texas State Capitol.

"I want to thank the thousands of Texans who are engaging in the legislative process to speak up for the unborn," Sen. Cruz said. "The horrors exposed during the recent murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell compel us, in Texas and nationally, to take action. Our opponents seem to advocate little to no restrictions on abortion. In the past, such advocates claimed abortion should be 'safe, legal, and rare.' Today, their position can fairly be interpreted as 'anytime, on-demand, and everywhere.' This extreme embrace of unlimited late-term abortion is indefensible.

"Our nation was founded on the principle that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with 'certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' America's founders knew that life comes first. Without life, there is no liberty; without life, there is no pursuit of happiness."

Cruz, not one for looking to Europe, but in this instance did point out that even ma ny European nations have stricter abortion laws than the United States. He pointed out that Spain, Italy, Portugal and France all ban abortions after 14 weeks. Additionally, 11 other U.S. states have already passed 20-week abortion bans.

Since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973 – 40 years ago – 55.5 million babies have been aborted in the United States. More than 80,000 abortions were performed in Texas in 2012 alone.

View Senator Cruz's full testimony below:

Sen. Ted Cruz Written Testimony Supporting SB 1/HB 2

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