Ted Cruz Launches Crusade to Defund Planned Parenthood in All 50 States

Ted Cruz is not a man who is going to be out-crazied by Donald Trump. No indeed. David Lane’s American Renewal Project website, and yes, it’s another on the endless theme of “making America great again,” tells us that,

Sen. Ted Cruz, who has assiduously courted evangelicals throughout his presidential run, will take a lead role in the launch this week of an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood — a move that is likely to give the GOP candidate a major primary-season boost in the fierce battle for social-conservative and evangelical voters.

What this really means is that David Lane – the Martin Bormann of the Religious Right – is placing all his hopes not on Donald Trump’s “little wine and little cracker,” but on Ted Cruz’s self-proclaimed messiahship.

Trump claims now that he is “pro-life” and it is true that many Evangelicals have warmed toward him, but Cruz is the guy saying,

“Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead.”

That isn’t quite what Cruz means, of course. Where he wants them to lead is a crusade ostensibly against Planned Parenthood but with a real goal of getting one Ted Cruz into the White House.

As we are told by Dawn Leguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, “This is just his way to try and find and carve a spot into the Republican landscape and extreme right that tends to control the Republican primary process.”

It is also, because Planned Parenthood does not use tax money to fund abortions, a blatant attack on women’s health. Abortions are a very small part of what the organization does (just 3 percent). Planned Parenthood is a place women can go when they have no place else to go, when other options are closed to them, for contraception, for pregnancy testing, for cancer screenings, and more.

Ted Cruz has not declared war on Planned Parenthood. He has declared war on women. And couched it in terms of a holy crusade.

Lane’s American Renewal Project claims “More than 100,000 pastors received e-mail invitations over the weekend to participate in conference calls with Cruz on Tuesday in which they will learn details of the plan to mobilize churchgoers in every congressional district beginning Aug. 30.”

We’ll see what kind of traction Cruz gets. He has an uphill battle ahead of him, because Americans favor federal funding of Planned Parenthood health services, as Reuters recently reported.

Cruz himself appeared on Newsmax TV Tuesday to repeat his vow that he would immediately defund Planned Parenthood if he were elected:

“Absolutely,” Cruz told “The Hard Line” host Ed Berliner. “I will instruct the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and to prosecute any and all criminal violations by that organization.”

It is a federal crime. It is a felony to sell the body parts of unborn children. What a sad statement about our government today that nobody in the media, nobody in the political world, thinks there’s any chance whatsoever — zero chance — that the Obama Justice Department would even investigate Planned Parenthood because they’re a political ally of the president.

It doesn’t matter that they’re caught on tape admitting to multiple felonies. The administration of justice should be blind to party and ideology and should follow the laws and the Constitution.

One of the things I intend to do as president is bring back integrity to the U.S. Department of Justice.

It’s Benghazi all over again. Invent a scandal, fake a video or two, and then despite all the evidence to the contrary, trumpet it as the truth and demand something be done. In television spots, we hear the question asked,

“How did America become a country that harvests organs from unborn children? And who has the courage to stop it?”

Like a nightmare, Cruz’s visage appears and we are told “Ted Cruz will prosecute and defund Planned Parenthood. Help Cruz restore American values.”

American values. Like not letting women decide on their own healthcare choices. American values. Like telling people who can and cannot get married, or indeed, that because Cruz’ Evangelical friends do not approve of your sexual persuasion or your lifestyle choices, or even your failure to attend church regularly, you should lose your job.

Ted Cruz characterized his encounter with actress Ellen Page at the Iowa State Fair, where she took him to task for these Medieval attitudes, as an example of “liberal fascism” – a contradiction in terms – you know, because she disagreed with him.

Afterward, he went crying to Newsmax’s Ed Berliner and told him,

“That was not a big surprise that she and I had some disagreements there. An awful lot of folks in the media, an awful lot of folks in Hollywood, they dismiss the assault on religious liberty. They say it isn’t real.”

That would be because it isn’t real. Just like the Planned Parenthood videos aren’t real. You can almost hear Glenn Beck in the background shouting, “Why isn’t anyone talking about this?”

Because you invented it, you nimrod.

According to Cruz – and this seems to be his campaign theme – “There is a war on faith in America today.” Sure, Trump declared war on the War on Christmas, but Cruz is going whole hog in favor of theocracy, fulfilling the wet dream of Pat Robertsons and Tony Perkinses and Bryan Fischers everywhere to impose fake-Christian hypocrisy on this great nation.

Because our Founding Fathers apparently forgot to do it.

If Trump seems bent on alienating Hispanic voters, Cruz has a woman problem. More specifically, despite his claim that “scripture commands Christians to love everybody,” he has a problem with women. He claims to be a champion of religious freedom while seeking to impose his religious beliefs on everyone else. He claims the right, as a white male, to make decisions for women and while narrowing choices, poses as a champion of freedom.

In true Republican fashion, he claims liberty is tyranny and that his tyranny is somehow liberty. It ain’t so. It’s never been so.

This nation was founded on liberal values, which are enshrined in our Constitution, that all of us, not just David Lane’s Evangelicals, have equal rights before the law. That includes women. And by calling for the defunding Planned Parenthood, Ted Cruz has shown that he plans to climb over the bodies of women to claw his way into the White House.

And what Cruz’s false “war on faith” narrative and his embrace of Lane’s view that America was founded by Christians and for Christians shows is that you can’t get less American than Ted Cruz.

37 Replies to “Ted Cruz Launches Crusade to Defund Planned Parenthood in All 50 States”

  1. I am old enough to remember what we thought in the mid-Twentieth Century. We thought the Twenty-First Century would see either a more just world or a smoking ruin. Instead, we have the Bush Brothers, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz.

  2. Where’s a gun nut when Ya need one. I look at Cruz and I see slime, just dripping from the sincerity face He uses when he says He Cares…..

  3. …all o’ the above wants the smokin’ ruin…y’know; because of Jebuz Christmas, the embodiment of Corporate Christmas…
    …and NOT ONE o’ thier oh so “F”ing pious screeds can be found in the teachings o’ Jesus Christ…y’know…what Christians are supposed to work from…

  4. What people who want to defund Planned Parenthood don’t seem to understand is that the services they provide actually prevent thousands of unintended pregnancies, and by extension, abortions. So, abortions would actually increase. Once again, Cruz is using his own set of facts. Thankfully, I think the general electorate will never let this man near the Oval Office. Keep dreamin’ Ted.

  5. Happy Women’s Equality Day! On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution—giving women the right to vote—was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

    “Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.”
    —Abigail Adams

  6. Ted Cruz is just an Ambulance chaser looking for a cause that will endear him to the fringe crazies, those who are against anything the rest of the country is for or does not have a problem with as is.

  7. I cringe whenever I see Ted Cruz’s face. In comparison, Scrooge and the Grinch are saints. The guy has found no lie he won’t tell for the sole purpose of gaining power. If he has a heart, it’s as black as coal.

  8. Again, abortions only make up 3% on what Planned Parenthood does. These neanderthals want to throw out the other 97% of it because the 3% that pisses them off… well, pisses them off.

    The only ‘war on faith’ that should be happening is the war on these false Christians. They are the true enemy of America, not Muslims or Hispanics or African-Americans or anyone else.

  9. Raphael was first groomed by his delirious father. Then Raphael became the missing piece of puzzle that completed the Reich-Wing party of the 21st century. They must be stopped!

  10. Let us be exact. These bible-bangers think Gahd punished women for having vulvas by giving them wombs, and to enable women to escape the misery and death these wombs were meant to inflict on their owners is to thwart the will of Gahd. They’re not against abortion– oh, no. They are against safe abortion. Death or sterility resulting from perforated uteri or sepsis are quite fine with them.

  11. Cruz wants laws based on the bible.
    Muslims want laws based on the quran.
    Does he really think biblical laws would be and different than those of the quran?

  12. Rafael needs to be removed from the Senate and the United States. He was illegally naturalized. His Non-American parents need to go as well His Mommy renounced her citizenship when she became a legal Canadian citizen before his birth. Neither of his parents were legit American citizens and neither is he.

  13. This like so many others is a contribution of the voters of Texas.Nothing from these people to better the plight of the average American,only constant social issues that were lost long ago. This or any country will not prosper trying to relive the past. How many decades must we be held back fighting useless endeavors? This man will never be POTUS. Classless Party

  14. Is this true?Rafael Cruz/Ted Cruz Mother
    gave up American citizenship for a
    Canadian Citizenship, don’t sound like a birther, only the facts.

  15. The New Cruz system will be something like this:

    1. Are you currently going to, or ever went to Planned Parenthood? Stop, because that clinic is gone.

    2. The females of child bearing age will receive their chastity belt, which will be removed only when her husband wants it off, to preserve her purity & the honor of the family.

    3. The males, can have relations with un-belted female-slaves, (so long they are not christians) bought for that purpose, as it is activity approved by “the book”.

    4. Should the female slaves get pregnant, the male children will castrated (limit the male competition)& added to the slave list & put to work

    See! no stinking birth control is needed.
    (model borrowed from the Otomans)

  16. He’s a arrogant, lying, good for nothin, back stabbing, bigoted, misogynist, Koch sucking, greedy, prideful, conceited, clowning, buffoonish, back end of a donkey!

  17. Why are Republicans in general so tone deaf? Why are they so insistent on self-destruction? Never mind, it’s entertaining watching a train wreck. Go Cruz, Trump, Jindal, Walker, Santorum, Huckabee, et al.

  18. It doesn’t matter what percentage of PP’s services are abortion related ! Abortion is a LEGAL medical procedure that is nobody else’s business but the woman that needs, wants, or has one.
    It could be 50%, or 75%, and it wouldn’t matter a whit. The false arguments would be the same.

    Also, if there were no PP, RICH, mostly white, women would still get abortions …just like they did before Roe v. Wade.
    So this is part of the Republican christo-fascists war on the poor and POC.

  19. Cruz is the same cretin who started the idiocy 2 years ago of shutting down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act. In the process, a lot of Americans were negatively impacted financially, although the move had no success. In fact, the ACA has proven its value repeatedly, to the chagrin of wingnuts like Cruz. Now, he’s talking about doing the same thing this year in order to get PP shut down. While he’s just as simple-looking a moron as either Scott Walker or Donald Trump, he is extremely dangerous because of his appeal to evangelical fanatics. Apparently, it’s lost on him that the tactics of others who think the way he does have backfired in favor of PP.

  20. People like Barbara Ann and Rick Wingate disgust me and have no place in the Democratic Party.

    I do not support or advocate anyone that encourages violence.

    Shame on everyone else for not speaking up.

  21. Not true. Canada does not require American citizens to give up their citizenship in order to acquire a Canadian citizenship. Dual American/Canadian citizens are very common in Canada.

    I should know, I’m one myself.

  22. I think the IRS should send those same 100,000 pastors an e-mail reminding them about how they can loose there tax exempt status for getting into politics.

  23. Ted Cruz is quite possibly the creepiest, smarmiest man I know of. Many of the women who knew him a little at Harvard did not want to know him any better and creepy was the most common term used to describe him. Perhaps the professors felt he was bright but my friend Amy said she steered clear of him because of the sweaty palms and general repressed weirdness that came off the man in waves. She said he smelled, strangely of boiled potatoes and she couldn’t figure it out. It seems so strange that these people have invented this hateful right wing Jesus. I wouldn’t drink their gods wine or eat his little crackers-gross people, scary ideas. I don’t do blind faith in dubious ideas or gods and do not suggest that faith is a particularly smart way to go. Faith is a belief in something that can not be proved or is even likely. Not for me. I don’t believe in ghosts myself but I do find it amusing that this cretin who believes in lies is a US Senator.

  24. FF, your logic is spot on. However Cruz and his ilk don’t operate on logic. They can’t add 2+2 to get 4. Long term consequences, big picture thinking? Not in their tool box. They have pinhole brains and pinhole vision: nothing gets in unless it fits their narrow beliefs.

    So stopping an abortion provider AND a dispenser of contraceptives AND a healer of STD’s (which just encourages fornication and homosexual sex)? Triple win in their little minds.

    The possibility of more abortions, illegal abortions, increased rates of STD’s, etc? Just another moral crusade for them to march in.

    Good thing that defunding PP wouldn’t actually end its valuable services, just force cutbacks and increase fundraising. Federal funds are less than a third of its income.

    Show Cruz that saner heads will prevail. Join the fight at PlannedParenthoodAction.org.

  25. I thought Teddy was supposed to be smart? Does he realize that PP is VERY popular with the voters in general? He is attempting to appeal to the rabid Evangelical right.

    Let’s see, 17 candidates for the nomination chasing after approximately 34% of the electorate. Math is not the GOTP’s strong suit.

  26. ” stopping an abortion provider and dispenser of contraceptives and healer of STD’S( which just encourages fornication and homosexual sex)” Does this paragraph explain why so many rethugs are caught in situations like the bathroom incident?Also” Cruz has only two children. He should be asked what he uses.. repeatedly! All thugs who don’t have a large number of children,should be asked!! What’s good for them should be good for everyone else.

  27. Ted Cruz is a delusional radical Christian if you can even call him a Christian. He definitely does not represent the ideals of Jesus in any way. Why unfund Planned Parenthood? They aren’t breaking the law. Abortion is a minor activity at these medical clinics and when you say this, you attack women. You are one of the worst politicians in the country and should be impeached from office. The hate and ignorance you show is scandalous to the whole world. Better pick up another sword because as far as I’m concerned, your days in politics are numbered.

  28. I am so glad to see that the Cruzinator is still trying to use the Righteous Indignation of the Christian Movement to hide his ignorance.
    If he ever had an origal thought, he would be dangerous!
    As a Canadian, I do not claim this excrement as one of ours. Only Texas could claim him.

  29. gsb: religious extremists advocate abstinence (female, of course) and the rhythm method for birth control. Does Cruz looks like he enjoys regular marital relations??

    Are you suggesting that they’re hypocrites? That lack of birth control leads to unfaithful husbands, soliciting male and female prostitutes, child molestation (e.g. teachers, coaches, clergy), and clandestine gay hookups? All while vociferously denouncing homosexuality, promiscuity, fornication, and adultery?

    You could be on to something.

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