McAllen, Texas (Border Report) — First-term Senator Monica De La Cruz of South Texas voted to restrict abortion in her first full week in Congress, keeping her campaign promise and drawing criticism from side of the liberal groups.
De La Cruz, a border district Republican from McAllen, voted this week against consideration of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which codifies Roe v. Wade and makes abortion legal nationwide.
She also voted to add restrictions on abortion, including possible lawsuits against some doctors.
The Republican-led House of Representatives passed the Abortion Survivor Protection Act on Wednesday by a vote of 220 to 210. But it is not expected to win support in the Democratic-majority Senate. The bill would require health care providers to try to keep an infant alive in the rare cases where a baby is born alive during or after an attempted abortion.
Congressional Democratic Campaign Committee spokesman Nebeyatt Betre called De La Cruz’s support for the measures “despicable” and said in a statement that “With every extreme vote against protecting and further restricting abortion rights, De La Cruz is quickly building a case against himself for 2024.” “.
On Thursday, De La Cruz was among 25 Republicans who voted for nationwide restrictions on abortion.
“Twenty-five Republicans in the House of Representatives who shamelessly call themselves “moderates” showed their true colors today by voting for bills that would impose nationwide restrictions on abortion and reproductive rights. PAC House Majority will ensure that these scammers are held accountable and exiled in 2024,” PAC House Majority Executive Director Abby Curran Horrell said in a statement.
De La Cruz defeated Democratic nominee Michelle Vallejo in November in a campaign in which De La Cruz repeatedly said she was opposed to abortion.
During an October women’s prayer breakfast during the campaign, De La Cruz promised that she would defend the unborn life if she was elected to Congress.
De La Cruz became the first Republican elected to represent Texas’ 15th congressional district, which includes much of the border in what has usually been a Democratic stronghold. Many took her election as a signal that the region was becoming more conservative.
On Wednesday, she was named to the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the insurance, banking, housing and securities industries. De La Cruz ran an insurance agency in South Texas for several years and said it was an “incredible honour” to receive the position.
“As a small business owner, single mother, and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, I bring common sense to the committee and serve as a tireless advocate for American families, small businesses, and consumers,” De La Cruz said in a statement. “The financial services industry fuels the growth of our nation and the aspirations of millions of Americans. I look forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to promote prosperity and empowerment for South Texas and all Americans.”
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