Ted Cruz has posted a new video where he says “I enthusiastically support that Resolution”, referring to a June 2014 Republican Primary Advisory Question which asked voters to vote “Yes” or “No” on language adding a personhood amendment to the South Carolina Constitution. Statewide, this Advisory Question passed by over 78%, with over 240,000 Republican Primary voters saying “Yes”.
However, neither Ted Cruz in his new video, nor PersonhoodUSA in their Feb. 17, 2016 MEDIA ADVISORY below, say anything about the ACTUAL SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( S.719, H .4093 ) which has nearly the identical, verbatim language of the 2014 Republican Primary Advisory Question; which bills are being currently promoted by Christians for Personhood, Personhood South Carolina, and Voice of the Unborn, RIGHT NOW, in February 2016 !
In fact, in a YouTube video posted January 8, 2016 recording Ted Cruz while campaigning in Iowa, Ted Cruz specifically said, “I have not supported personhood legislation because I think, and the pro-life community is divided on this, but I think personhood legislation can be counterproductive because it focuses on issues that are unrelated to protecting unborn children [ sic ], …” [ At 10:45 into YouTube video ]
In over three years as a United States Senator, Ted Cruz has never sponsored, nor co-sponsored any Personhood Bills in the United States Senate. [ Presently, there are two principled Personhood Bills in the US House: HR 426 and HR 2761 – each bill can be viewed at www.Congress.gov. HR 2761 has the added feature of invoking the authority and power of the United States Congress to restrict the appellate jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court, as per Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution. ]
American Right to Life has posted a detailed report and analysis of the contradictory positions taken by Ted Cruz on “abortion” at: http://prolifeprofiles.com/ted-cruz-abortion
Tier 2 – Personhood Whenever
As a Republican primary candidate, Ted Cruz has taken contradictory positions on abortion and it is sobering to realize that his effort to get votes from the Republican base could explain this behavior.
1) Introduction of S.719 in SC Senate – April 28, 2015 – Christians for Personhood press release
2) Introduction of H.4093 in SC House – April 30, 2015 – Christians for Personhood press release
3) Personhood Questionnaire for 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates
December 29, 2015 – Christians for Personhood report
4) No Completed Personhood Questionnaires Received from 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates
January 27, 2016 – Christians for Personhood report
5) Open Letter to REPUBLICAN South Carolina Senators ( 27 )
Subj: County Results for Republican Advisory Q #1, June 2014 Republican Primary
February 5, 2016 – Christians for Personhood Open Letter
6) Ted Cruz Does Not Support Personhood Legislation
February 6, 2016 – Christians for Personhood report
7) SC Personhood Amendment – 52 House, 13 Senate members in support but 2/3 needed [ 83 in House, at least 30 in Senate ]
February 15, 2016 – Christians for Personhood report
PersonhoodUSA press release:
79% of South Carolina GOP Voters Support Personhood
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2016
From: Christian Newswire <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 79% of South Carolina GOP Voters Support Personhood79% of South Carolina GOP Voters Support Personhood
Contact: Jennifer Mason, Personhood USA, 303-803-0598
MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 17, 2016 / Christian Newswire/ — A new video from Senator Ted Cruz affirms South Carolina’s Personhood resolution, in which 79% of Republicans called for a Personhood amendment to the state constitution.
Cruz states that he would support legislation like South Carolina’s Personhood resolution, which he mentioned specifically. In a crowded
Republican race, it’s noteworthy that Personhood USA’s resolution passed with a higher percentage than any presidential GOP candidate
has ever won with in South Carolina.
The question read: “Should Article I, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language? The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.”
Personhood USA’s resolution in South Carolina passed by a landslide majority, gathering nearly a quarter of a million affirmative votes, and was the largest show of support by percentage in any public vote held on personhood.
“Candidates in the presidential race cannot forget that 79% of the base in South Carolina believes that preborn children deserve full legal protection,” stated Jennifer Mason, Personhood USA Communications Director. “Truly pro-life candidates must not lose sight of the fact that the majority of South Carolina voters in the primary have already voted in support of full personhood rights for unborn children.”
Ted Cruz Video Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQlmvEQFgV4
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