Ted Cruz And The Fatal Logic Flaw In “Letting The States Decide” On Abortion

In a town hall event in Wisconsin on Monday, Megyn Kelly asked Ted Cruz about his position that abortion should be illegal even in instances of rape and incest. After asserting the fact that he definitely thought rape was a bad thing, Cruz explained that “we want to do every thing we can do to prevent the crime on the front end and to punish the criminal, but I don’t believe it makes sense to blame the child.”

Which would make sense if abortion were at all about “blaming” a child.

Kelly responded by noting “They say you would be forcing the mother to go through unspeakable trauma to carry her rapist’s baby for nine months.”

Unsurprisingly, Cruz did not respond to that. What he did say, however, is that he believed it ought to be left to the states, and that “the people” could decide if rape victims or anyone else if someone could have an abortion.

“Here it would be a question for Wisconsin, what should the laws be governing abortion. If Roe v. Wade was not the law, it would be up to the people of Wisconsin and the people of Wisconsin might decide to allow some exceptions or not allow some exceptions because everyone agrees that you always want to protect the life of the mother.”

Now, this is going to sound odd, but I actually have some amount of respect for those who say they are against abortion in all cases, including rape and incest. Why? Because if you genuinely believe it’s murder, then you believe it’s murder regardless of the circumstances of conception. I actually have a huge problem with the concept of rape and incest exemptions to begin with, for the specific reason that they insinuate that the rest of us do not deserve abortion, and enshrines the idea that pregnancy is a punishment for those who chose to have sex. I also really don’t like the idea of requiring victims to “prove” that they were raped to anyone in order to have an abortion.

But here’s where Cruz’s argument is actually quite flawed, from a “purist” stance. If you believe “the people” ought to vote on abortion? Then you are allowing for the fact that they might choose to keep it legal. No one votes on things that are true and basic crimes. We don’t vote on whether or not murder is illegal, we don’t vote on whether stealing is illegal. If you believe abortion is unequivocally murder, then you can’t believe that it’s something people ought to have a vote on, or that it’s something that should be “left to the states.”

Now let’s simplify this. If we were to split the U.S. into separate two countries, one in which abortion were illegal and one in which it was not, most anti-choicers would be fine with that arrangement. At least those who say they believe this is something that ought to be voted on and decided by “the people.”

So here is my proposition. Ted Cruz and his friends go on behaving as if we already live in these two separate countries, or as if they live in a state that has outlawed abortion. Then, none of them have abortions. It’s so much more convenient this way, none of us has to move, and it would have the exact same effect on Ted Cruz’s life as allowing him to live in a country in which abortion were illegal. Because “the people” have already decided on abortion, individually, for themselves. It shouldn’t matter whether or not we all live in the same area.