Santorum to jump into Texas abortion ban battle
July 9th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
10 months 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. wayne

    ...throw the guy some peanuts......

    July 9, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    Attention all those turned off from Jesus by the hate of Rick Perry & Rick Sanatorium: Their words are NOT the Words of Jesus. His Words are found in the Four Gospels. Those Words speak of Love for your fellow man, even your enemy. It's Karma; hate begets hate. "Remove the beam in your own eye before you attempt to remove the splinter in the eye of your neighbor". Matthew7,3.

    July 9, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Peoples State of Illinois

    "The worst enemies of enduring freedom for all may be certain folk who demand incessantly more liberty for themselves." –historian Russell Kirk (1918-1994)

    July 9, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. rs

    Every time the GOP holds one of these votes that show that they want to take away the rights of American women, and impose their Taliban- like beliefs upon our society, they lose votes, they lose respect, and they corrupt even the simplest message of Christianity. These are the Pharasees- the ones with the false claims, the false motives and their morally corrupt ideology.

    July 9, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Why is Santorum issuing press releases - not to mention actual new conferences - to begin with? (Kudos to CNN for giving this panderer pandering time. Without it, Santorum wouldn't have such a nice little opportunity to continue sticking his nose in that which in one way or another ought not to concern him.) Last I heard, it's physically impossible for men to have abortions. Santorum included.

    July 9, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. ghostwriter

    And this is the problem with conservatives. This isn't or at least shouldn't be, about abortion. Regardless of how you feel about it, it's legal. Now, you can go and try to make it illegal if you so choose. But these laws, with the exception of the 20 week limit (not sure how I feel about that just yet) are simply attempts to limit and eventually eliminate abortion clinics. And since the law has been upheld, these folks are simply attempting to do something they accuse liberals of... using legislation to get around laws they don't like and forcing their beliefs thru said legislation.

    July 9, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "Last I heard, it's physically impossible for men to have abortions. Santorum included."
    ------–
    How do you feel about pro-life women standing up for the rights of the unborn, Lynda?

    July 9, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. sonny chapman

    Well said rs, especially the part about Modern Day Pharisees. If I ran MY Christian Denomination, I'd require my leaders(not to be called father or rabbi) to read Matthew 23 once a week.

    July 9, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. ghostwriter

    Snifit, it's was on CNN about 4am this morning.

    July 9, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. rs

    sonny chapman

    Well said rs, especially the part about Modern Day Pharisees. If I ran MY Christian Denomination, I'd require my leaders(not to be called father or rabbi) to read Matthew 23 once a week.
    _________________________
    Great choice!

    July 9, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Wilson

    There are just three types of people, those who can count and those who can't.

    July 9, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "How do you feel about pro-life women standing up for the rights of the unborn, Lynda?"

    Santorum is not to my knowledge a pro-life woman, Fair. Nor is Congress a woman led majority. Until such time as Santorum changes his gender, or Congress is led by a woman majority, your question has no actual merit.

    July 9, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Peoples State of Illinois

    Abortion continues to be used as "birth control." When we were teenagers, my grandmother told my sister that the best birth control in the world was a quarter. My sister asked how a quarter could be birth control. Grandmother's response???.....Hold the quarter between your knees.

    July 9, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Guess

    Poor fools, niether of these clowns will win the nomination, perry is just dumb, and santorum is as big a sellout as they come, all the gop has soldout,

    July 9, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Suzanne

    The point isn't 20 weeks. The point is this would unnecessarily make it harder for women to get abortions they would still be legally allowed even under this bill. Even before 20 weeks.

    July 9, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    P.S.-rs, that's(Matthew 23) the only time in the Four Gospels that Jesus gets really mad; and when he flipped the tables of the money changers in the Temple in Jerusalem.

    July 9, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Tony

    SANTALIBAN is going to Texas to join up with the other jerk to end women rights with regards to abortion.
    it is mind buggling to me that tese guys have such relevance in American politics. not very bright voters.

    July 9, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Gisthatright

    Rick has nothing better to do than to fear that woman may control their bodies. Lord have mercy on his soul.

    July 9, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. California Gary

    Just what they need down there in Texas.......another nut case running his mouth........they don't have enough of them on their own.

    July 9, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. California Gary

    Funny stuff Wilson.........really funny stuff!

    July 9, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    500 horrible people executed in TX, who probably had horrible lives, for doing horrible things to people who in no way deserved their horrible fate. It's so much easier to worry about what a woman does during the First Trimester of her unplanned pregnancy than to deal w/the aforementioned horror.

    July 9, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. MaryM

    Ha, the American Taliban are alive a well with Ayatollahs Santorum and Perry leading the way.
    They have no Idea how much irrevocable damage they are doing to the republican party.

    July 9, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "How do you feel about pro-life women standing up for the rights of the unborn, Lynda?"

    Santorum is not to my knowledge a pro-life woman, Fair. Nor is Congress a woman led majority. Until such time as Santorum changes his gender, or Congress is led by a woman majority, your question has no actual merit.
    -----–
    Fine – using your logic, pro-choice men should have no voice in the debate either, right?

    July 9, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. S.B. Stein

    The question you have to ask these people that oppose abortion is about how they plan on taking care of all of these children that women can't take care of for whatever reason (die in childbirth, reminds them of abusive partner, extreme health care needs etc). With these restrictions, I never see anything to help those that miss the window to have the abortion to carry the child to term (more health providers for the women paid by the state), any food alloances for these new children (more money for SNAP), or adoption programs.

    July 9, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone dead for a decade or so....

    July 9, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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