In December of 2013, I met a very interesting 40 year-old woman at a conference in New York City. She was of Puerto Rican heritage and lived in Queens. At that time, I was preparing to make the announcement that I would be the American Citizen Party candidate for President of the United States in 2016.

My being from Texas, she was curious about my views on a variety of subjects, so, after the conference, we decided to go out for some coffee and good conversation.

As it turned out, we were in agreement on most everything, including abortion. It was our mutual belief that life begins at conception; those clumps of cells are human; abortion is morally objectionable; more than 50 million babies had been killed since the Supreme Court's Roe v Wade decision in 1973; abortion should only be available in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies; and, the incidence of abortion could be dramatically reduced if women would merely make better choices before engaging in sexual intercourse.

At the end of that discussion, however, she shocked me with this statement: "Bob, even though I agree with you, I can tell you now that there isn't a woman in America who cares what you believe, or what any other man believes, about abortion. It is a women's issue and men simply have no say in the matter."

And, judging from women's discussions I've read and witnessed on this volatile subject, I believe she is right.

So, I will simply say this: As a U.S. Senator from Texas, I will stand firmly on the side of the innocent babies and will vote to protect their lives.