Santorum to jump into Texas abortion ban battle

By Paul Steinhauser – CNN Political Editor, (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.

7 comments

  • MyTakeOnIt

    I support choice up to a point. If you cannot commit to abortion in the first 140 days of a pregnancy, you've run out of time. You just can't wait until the week before the due date and then decide. My take on that is that you waffled around too long. After all, you only have about 105 days to file your taxes after New Year's Day. You can't decide on day 115 that you want to apply for an extension to file.

    • Al P

      Point made. On the other hand with birth control and morning after pills so cheap and about to become free, why would anyone wait and go through an abortion?

      • Guest

        Since when is birth control cheap? Certain types of birth control cost upwards of $250 without insurance. Also, morning after pills weren't always sold over the counter, and they are also around $75. The morning after pill only works up to 72 hours, and although it's hard for some people to imagine, a lot of women can't come up with an extra $75 in that amount of time.

        • Al P

          Baloney!. $9/mo. at Wally World.. Have you priced an abortion lately? Quibbling is not an excuse.

          • Guest

            Just because that's the cheapest birth control doesn't make that the right birth control for certain women. That decision is made between the woman and her doctor. Being a man, however, you obviously don't have a clue. Certain woman can only take certain types of birth control, hence the high cost for some and cheap cost for others. Additionally, there are private groups who can help indigent women seeking an abortion, not to mention women have up to 24 weeks to save for the abortion, not 72 hours for the morning after pill. Do a little research instead of regurgitating conservative views.

  • harmony102402

    Santorum is like a bad Penny, he just keeps coming back. With any kind of luck, the Texans will kick his butt out of the state, preferably into Mexico

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