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Cruz Campaign Press Release - Ted Cruz Has Been Leading the Fight to Protect the Unborn and Defund Planned Parenthood

September 16, 2015

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Ted Cruz has continuously led to fight to defund Planned Parenthood and protect and defend life.

"While the sheer candor of these Planned Parenthood officials has shocked most, what is more disturbing is the admission that these barbaric actions are standard practice in some abortion clinics. Worse still, Americans are currently forced to fund the organization that commits these acts. This must end," Cruz wrote in USA Today.

An organization that generates a large part of its revenue from terminating innocent human life should not receive one penny of taxpayer money and those who engage in what may be criminal activity must be held to account.

For this reason, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should not schedule or facilitate the consideration of any legislation that gives federal money to Planned Parenthood. Instead, the Department of Justice needs to investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood for any potential criminal actions of commercial trafficking of fetal organs...

For far too long, Planned Parenthood has hidden behind the well-crafted charade that that it exists to protect women's health. In reality, it is in the business of killing unborn children on an industrial scale. Despite what Planned Parenthood contends, abortion procedures, not women's health, are its lifeblood. Hundreds of thousands of annual abortions generate nearly 40% of Planned Parenthood's clinic revenues. Simply put, Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion profiteer. For every woman who gets prenatal care at Planned Parenthood, the organization reports more than 15 abortions. For every woman who is referred for adoption assistance, there are more than 150 abortions...

I intend to lead the fight in the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood, even while investigations continue. The time for show votes is over. Funding the federal government does not require funding Planned Parenthood. But basic decency and our commitment to the right to life does require that we stop taxpayer funding of abortions and any trade in baby parts.

Ted Cruz, Cruz Campaign Press Release - Ted Cruz Has Been Leading the Fight to Protect the Unborn and Defund Planned Parenthood Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/315194

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