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. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Will someone please tell Rick to either stay in the Beltway, which he doesn't want to admit he lives in, or return to Pennsylvania, where he can run for dog catcher, which he is more suited to.

    July 9, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Constitution of the U.S. = LAW OF THE LAND

    Holy Bible, Koran, Torah = Theology/NOT THE LAW OF THE LAND

    Clearly Texas overreached. Conservatives claim that they're all about limited government. This is clearly BIG GOVERNMENT intrusion. Usurping the LAW OF THE LAND is outlawish and any state government responsible for usurping the law should be labelled as an outlaw/rogue state.

    July 9, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. mystic247

    These kind of politicians remind me of the movie "Porkies" these laws dont effect them behind close doors, but in front of the pulpit they shake their bible, wave their gun at government. yet, they are they are the Government that is infringing individual "liberty and justice for all individual liberty"....

    July 9, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. HenryMiller

    Next thing, Santorum and Perry will get together and push for national legislation banning girls from schools, making it illegal for women to drive, and requiring all girls and women to wear ankle-length dresses and veils and to be escorted by a male relative when out of their homes. And voting? Forget it.

    July 9, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. M.A.P.

    Just what the debate needs, more insane cult members who have no basis in reality. He is far too religeous to hold office – might as well give the taliban the office! Republicans are doing more and more brand damage! So their littleminority of rac-ists can jump for joy – they are only guaranteeing a democrat future.

    July 9, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Santorum and the rest of the american taliban are ruining any chances of the GOP of winning anything in the upcoming elections..except of course the districts where the sheep live. Alienating women, minorities, LGBT....ANYONE who isn't white and christian. Good luck Frothy. You may think you can "energize the base" but you're so wrong it's not funny

    July 9, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Sanctus didn't make the cut for the most recent round round of canonizations. Let's get with it Vatican!

    July 9, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. TomInRochNY

    It looks like Rick is maneuvering for a 2016 run for president. This is VERY good news . . . for democrats!

    July 9, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. ja

    none of these men can give birth

    July 9, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Warren

    When will these people learn to mind their own business? And whats with this? "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." Tax exempt?? Sounds political to me. IRS needs to do it's job and pull that groups tax exempt status....

    July 9, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Where is your show biz business?

    July 9, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. PJ

    Thanks for the warning. One tricky Ricky in Austin is enough.

    July 9, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Mullah Santorum and his radical religious zealots need to stop pushing their religion on others. Next thing they'll start doing is throwing acid in the face of women.

    July 9, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Boomer in Mo

    He is not going to rest until Catholic theology is the law of the land and he is the first married pope in centuries.

    July 9, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. jboh

    Santorum should just go away. TEA/GOP agenda supporters should read about Oliver Cromwell, Salem Mass., and take a long look at Iran. That is what they want in this country. These folks pop up every generation. Last time they gave us McCarthyism/black listing. The one before gave us prohibition/strike breakers. The one before gave us robber barons/Native genocide. Read about working/living conditions in the late 1800's/early 1900's. You will see the TEA/GOP vision of your kids'/grand kids' life.

    July 9, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Jen

    Lol @ Santorum desperately trying to get in the action as he sees his 2016 chances slip away in favour of Perry. Don't worry Rick, neither of you have a chance of being elected anyway.

    July 9, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. ST

    Are republicans still playing with fire? Were they not burnt enough in 2012? Never mess up with women, in 2014 and 2016, they will turn GOP into ashes.

    July 9, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Santorum's position, is why I would never support him for President. Never.

    He wants to dictate to women........and I cannot support any form of dictatorship. That is why I oppose Obama......he is a dictator.

    July 9, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Chris

    All you liberals must like Satan like the liberals in Texas Shouting Hail Satan. You support killing of the innocent. Guess do not care about the body inside the womb. Guess most of you do not believe in the 5th commandment.

    July 9, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Borderless

    All we are missing are Bachmann and Palin. Why haven't these clowns, Perry, Santorum, Bachmann and Palin, realized that they are just fringe and will never be anything else?

    July 9, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. thinking outside the box

    Chris
    All you liberals must like Satan like the liberals in Texas Shouting Hail Satan. You support killing of the innocent. Guess do not care about the body inside the womb. Guess most of you do not believe in the 5th commandment.
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    The 5th Commandment? Oh! You mean the one that was completely and totally disregarded during the Crusades?

    July 9, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Guess

    Mugabee is a dictator, dont really know what to call barack. really need fresh blood, but even the unknowns are coming precorrupted. yikes!

    July 9, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    This guy is the GOP garbage of America I'm talking about!!!!

    July 9, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Sniffit

    And what CNN doesn't want to talk about? WI judge just granted an injunction against similar religio-fascist legislation in WI, finding that the overwhelming evidence presented indicates that the arguments about making abortion clinics more safe, etc., are (a) in no way based on reality, medical necessity or professional consensus of the medical community and (b) are just a thin veil justification for attempting to massively restrict abortion access for women throughout the state. TX judges won't give a crap about the evidence, however. The game the GOP/Teatrolls are playing, quite obviously, is trying to invent more and more reasons to take the abortion issue to the SCOTUS, where they hope to swing Kennedy to their cause. It's a game to them. Your freedoms, your wombs, your life decisions and reproductive choices...all a game to them.

    July 9, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Why haven't these clowns, Perry, Santorum, Bachmann and Palin, realized that they are just fringe and will never be anything else?"

    Because radical fringe behavior draws attention and helps create controversy, so the MSM gives it top billing, creating the misimpression and encouraging the perception that it's more prominent and mainstream than it really actually is.

    July 9, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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