ted cruz • U.S. Senator, R-TX
Ted Cruz portrays himself as someone who advocates for rape victims, but his record shows this is false. Ted Cruz voted against the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. That law protects rape and domestic violence victims and helps to ensure that the crimes against them are prosecuted and punished. Ted Cruz voted against protecting those victims. Cruz wants to prevent rape victims from obtaining abortions and even sponsored a bill that would have denied rape victims access to abortion services. Fellow Republican Lindsey Graham said that Ted Cruz's view was extreme, saying "If a woman is raped in Ted Cruz’s world, she’s going to have to carry the baby of the rapist. I'm pro-life, but I won't go there.” Ted Cruz has a record of voting against rape victims.