Who has done more on the pro-life and pro-marriage issues – Trump or Cruz?

Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons
Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons

This is from the non-partisan The Hill.


Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood during an interview Tuesday night, doubling down on his remarks that part of the group should be funded.

“They do good things,” Trump said during an interview with Sean Hannity that aired on Fox News.

[…]Planned Parenthood praised Trump’s remarks earlier Tuesday when on the question of funding he said on CNN that he would look at other “good aspects” of Planned Parenthood.

“Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take,” Eric Ferrero, vice president for communications, said in a statement shared with The Hill.

Now, Donald Trump was pro-abortion for his entire life, until he decided to run as Republican in the 2016 primary. Then he became pro-life. That’s what he says, anyway. So what was his reasoning for becoming pro-life?

Live Action has the quote, and the problem with Trump’s reasoning:

Trump shared the reason behind his claimed pro-life conversion at the first GOP debate:

“Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances…I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.”

Look here – a child’s right to life does not depend on their ability to become a total superstar in the eyes of Donald Trump. He doesn’t understand the logic of the pro-life position.

More Live Action:

In January 2015, when he was asked to define what “pro-life” meant to him, he stated: “It means that it’s an issue. It is an issue, and it’s a strong issue.” When asked if he believed abortion early in a pregnancy was murder, Trump said, “No.” And then, when the questioner continued to press Trump, asking if he would be against abortion if the life of the mother was not at risk and if rape or incest were not involved (his exceptions), he stated, “It depends when,” while continuing to repeat, “I’m pro-life.”

Not convincing.

What about on gay marriage?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he can see both sides in the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has been ordered to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but that “the Supreme Court has ruled” on the issue and “it is the law of the land.”

If 5 Justices on the Supreme Court redefine marriage, it’s the law of the land . That’s what Trump says.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz

What about Ted Cruz?

Cruz is pro-life:

  • Cruz has received a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
  • He voted for numerous defunding measures for Obamacare and Planned Parenthood since being voted in the Senate.
  • He voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
  • He voted for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which he co-sponsored.
  • He is a co-sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act.
    Cruz said that the unborn are “absolutely” persons under the 14th Amendment.
  • Cruz was endorsed by Georgia Right to Life and has signed their personhood pledge.

Here are a few more:

  • In January 2015, Cruz co-sponsored a bill to create a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and urged Congress to take up the legislation.
  • In March 2015, Cruz introduced two resolutions of disapproval to the D.C. Ordinances, one, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, could require pro-life organizations to fund abortion services in employee’s health care and could force them to hire someone who supports abortion. The House passed the resolution, but unfortunately, the Senate failed to bring it before committee.
  • In May 2013, Cruz co-sponsored Sen. Mike Lee’s resolution to investigate abortion practices in the US in light of the Gosnell case. He spoke on the floor and condemned Gosnell’s unspeakable crimes.
  • Argued (successfully) before the Supreme Court in defense of the federal ban on partial-birth abortion.
  • Successfully defended in federal court Texas’s Rider 8, which prohibits state funds for groups that provide abortions.

Cruz has also been active on the marriage issue:

  • In April 2015, Cruz introduced a marriage amendment and bill to defend states that define marriage as between one man and one woman.
    • The Restoration of Marriage Amendment amends the Constitution to guarantee the right of the people to define marriage in their laws as the union of one man and one woman and to prevent the courts from ever again misconstruing the Constitution to require that marriage or its benefits be extended to unions other than the union of man and woman.
    • The Protect Marriage from the Courts Act of 2015 bars federal courts from ruling on state marriage laws. Pursuant to Congress’ power under Article III of the Constitution to limit the jurisdiction of the lower federal courts and to make exceptions to the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, this legislation restricts the jurisdiction of federal courts to determine the constitutionality of state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • In April 2015, Cruz joined an amicus brief supporting the right of states to define marriage
    • Summary: defending states’ marriage laws against the proposed right under the 14th amendment that all same-sex couples have the right to marriage
  • In February 2015, Cruz reintroduced the State Marriage Defense Act. He originally introduced it in February, 2014.
  • Cosponsored the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

Regarding that last item, Trump was asked whether he would pass Cruz’s First Amendment Defense Act in his first 100 days in office, and he said no. Cruz said yes, by the way – which is not surprising since he sponsored the act in the first place.

And on the Kim Davis issue, Cruz put religious liberty above judicial tyranny.

Listen to him discuss it on the Mark Levin show:

And on the Megyn Kelly show:

Now listen to Donald Trump:

Does any Trump supporter really believe that he would defend religious liberty as well as Cruz?

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