Santorum to jump into Texas abortion ban battle
July 9th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Santorum to jump into Texas abortion ban battle

(CNN) – Rick Santorum's heading to Texas to put his support behind a controversial bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

According to a press release obtained by CNN that will be sent later Tuesday, Santorum will hold a news conference Thursday morning at the Texas state capitol in Austin.

Abortion has long been an important issue for the former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 Republican presidential candidate. While in the Senate, Santorum was a leader in the efforts to pass anti-abortion legislation, including the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

"Rick is going to Austin this week to join those in giving a voice to the unborn," Republican strategist and senior Santorum adviser John Branbender told CNN.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry called state lawmakers into a special session to try to once again pass a controversial bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measure was sidetracked by a filibuster two weeks ago by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis that grabbed national headlines.

The push in Texas comes after other states have passed such bans in recent years, including Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Indiana and Alabama. Arkansas has a ban in place for pregnancies beyond 18 weeks, and North Dakota has the tightest restriction in the country at six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

The press release regarding Santorum's event comes from Patriot Voices, his grassroots conservative non-profit organization. According to Patriot Voices, the group recently launched a petition "that has garnered thousands of signatures asking Americans to stand with life."

The press release also states that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, as well as state anti-abortion leaders, will join Santorum at his event in Austin.

Santorum, who battled eventual GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney deep into last year's Republican primary season, is considering a 2016 bid for the White House.

Politico was first to report Santorum's event in Texas.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Abortion • Rick Santorum • Texas
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. L.Sanfod

    The zealots can pass all the anti abortion laws they want but abortions will continue to happen. Unfortunately, because of the GOP ultra religious right, they will be done in unsafe places by unqualified people, just like the" good old days", and women will die. Meanwhile rich women will continue and go to a city, state or even out of the country to get an abortion. Poor women will, as usual, suffer again.

    July 9, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Robert Morales

    well, looks like the Texas Taliban will get a visit from the Ayatollah himself!

    July 9, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. rs

    just sayin

    what is all this hogwash about closing planned parenthood clinics and closing other clinics? all they need to do is comply with the law, just like all other businesses that government regulates. if lefties were truly interested in the life and health of the mother, they should have no problem with this. but it appears their deceit becomes obvious when they oppose it. their primary, actually only concern, is with the destruction of that very little innocent human baby. so what if the mother bleeds and dies in the process. it is a small price to pay for "healthcare choice".
    ____________________________
    The law says:Women's clinics must elevate their stautus to that of full-on surgical suites, AND the doctors working in those clinic must have residence at hospitals. The law also prevents hospitals from granting residency to doctors not in their employ.

    Guess what that means Ace? The Clinics have to undergo both hugely expensive technical upgrades (that they don't need), and by law, their doctors have to be hospital residents, which the law actually bars.

    July 9, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. rs

    just sayin

    what is all this hogwash about closing planned parenthood clinics and closing other clinics? all they need to do is comply with the law, just like all other businesses that government regulates. if lefties were truly interested in the life and health of the mother, they should have no problem with this. but it appears their deceit becomes obvious when they oppose it. their primary, actually only concern, is with the destruction of that very little innocent human baby. so what if the mother bleeds and dies in the process. it is a small price to pay for "healthcare choice".
    ____________________________
    The law says:Women's clinics must elevate their stautus to that of full-on surgical suites, AND the doctors working in those clinic must have residence at hospitals. The law also prevents hospitals from granting residency to doctors not in their employ.

    Guess what that means Ace? The Clinics have to undergo both hugely expensive technical upgrades (that they don't need), and by law, their doctors have to be hospital residents, which the law actually bars.

    In otherwords, these regulations put the clinics out of business. Let's see.... what political party endlessly whines about business and government regulations??? Oh, yeah, the valueless Right.

    July 9, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    ""Additionally, this bill does permit a woman to have an abortion up to the fifth month of her pregnancy, allows an abortion when the mother’s life is at risk or substantial physical impairment is possible, and does not stop a mother from aborting her child on the prejudice of severe fetal abnormalities".""

    If that is the case, then I stand corrected. Some states are trying to ban all abortions. I think Arkansas is one of them.
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    Arkansas, eh? According to NPR (again, hardly conservative), under the Arkansas law, "doctors who perform such abortions would have their license revoked, except in cases of rape, incest to save the life of the mother and some fetal conditions."

    Are you going to knock it off, or do you want a shovel to dig yourself in deeper?

    July 9, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair,

    Arkansas, eh? According to NPR (again, hardly conservative), under the Arkansas law, "doctors who perform such abortions would have their license revoked, except in cases of rape, incest to save the life of the mother and some fetal conditions."

    Are you going to knock it off, or do you want a shovel to dig yourself in deeper?
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    Pull out the shovel and brand this word on it, "personhood".

    July 9, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "Pull out the shovel and brand this word on it, "personhood"."
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    WTH are you talking about? Personhood? Even Roe v. Wade described "personhood" in detail. Clearly you've been caught in blatant lies (again) and are just throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. No cred, dude... no cred at all.

    July 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. FLIndpendent

    @Fair is Fair"
    Last I heard, it's physically impossible for men to have abortions. Santorum included."
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    How do you feel about pro-life women standing up for the rights of the unborn, Lynda?
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    Lynda probably feels the same way most self-respectable women would in that no one has a right to tell them what they can and can't do with their bodies and their lives. There aren't any women that are pro abortion, only pro choice. Any woman that doesn't believe in abortion should hope & pray that she or any relative or friend never encounters a situation where she's told the baby will have serious health issues or deformities, or they are never impregnated by a rapist because it is easy for them to say they are pro-life until they are faced with a difficult situation. They have no right to judge others especially is they are so-called Christians.

    July 9, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Leslie

    I respect Rick and I hope the bill in Texas passes. Reasonable restrictions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is hardly extreme.

    July 9, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll war on women and rational governing continues apace. Nothing new here.

    July 9, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. rs

    Every time the GOP votes in a new anti-choice law, they lose votes.

    July 9, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. jimmy

    Just got back to Texas from Pennsylvania. Rick should stay up there and do somethin about the high rate of suicide. He can't even keep adults alive in his state.

    July 9, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. ritmocojo

    Becasue the Supreme Mullah of the American Taliban never misses out on a good battle against women wherever that may take him to.

    July 9, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Terry

    Too many mentally defective people in politics these days. Ironic that Roe v Wade was decided by 7 old white guys and now it is a majority of males that now want to gut one of the greatest SC decisions of the last 50 years. I thought obesity was the number one health problem in this country. Currently, I now think that it is mental illness. The right wing loons that plague America just never quit because their thinking is so locked in on something like a woman's right to choose.

    July 9, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Dee

    If you had Rick Perry as Governor in your state you might want to commit Suicide then to listen to his good old boy ways and live with his dumb actions. Glad to see him go and hope we never hear from him again !

    Its hard living under a state that have cave men running around pretending to be politicans

    July 9, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Scaddywaddydodaday

    Thought he was giving up politics?

    July 9, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. tea party idiots blog

    tea party dopes will be in dustbend of history very soon

    July 9, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Juan

    Is this clown still around. He is going to join his buddy Rick at the alter. Yippee !!! Good going GOP, you just lost more votes.

    July 9, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. chuck

    Another one trick loser pony, going to help another one trick loser pony beat up on women and their rights. In the end these two losers will...lose.

    July 9, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. Ferathka

    The people of Pennsylvania voted this guy out for a reason. Don't let him fool you America he is a snake.

    July 9, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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