In a recent interview with Princeton Professor Robert George, Ted Cruz argued that unborn babies are persons within the meaning of the 14th Amendment, and that Congress has the power to abolish abortion by passing personhood legislation.
[The relevant segment begins at 9:34]
Here's the exchange:
GEORGE: Ted, the Fourteenth Amendment says that no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Now, the amendment in its fifth section includes a provision that delegates to the Congress the power, and I quote, to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this article.
GEORGE: Now, do you believe that unborn babies are persons within the meaning of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and if so will you call on Congress to use its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment, pursuant to Section 5, to protect the unborn? Or do you take the view, as some do, that we can’t do that until Roe v. Wade is overturned, either by the court itself or by constitutional amendment? Where do you stand on that?
CRUZ: Listen, absolutely yes. I think the first obligation of everyone in public office is to protect life. Life is foundational. In fact, as you look at the Declaration, that ordering of unalienable rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I think it’s a very deliberate ordering. Without life there is no liberty, and without liberty there is no pursuit of happiness. That each builds upon the other, and I very much agree with the Pope’s longstanding, and prior popes before him, longstanding call to protect every human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
GEORGE: And we can do that by congressional action—
CRUZ: Absolutely yes.
GEORGE: —without waiting for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade?
CRUZ: Absolutely yes, under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Cruz is not the only candidate to argue for extending Constitutional protections to unborn children under the 14th Amendment. Mike Huckabee has made strong statements in favor of personhood, and Rand Paul has introduced the Life At Conception Act in Congress.
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