By Rebecca Shabad - 03/13/14 07:54 AM EDT
Several anti-abortion lawmakers on Wednesday urged the GOP to focus on social issues this November and in 2016, arguing abortion rights supporters engage in “savagery.”
The lawmakers made the comments at a dinner sponsored by anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, according to The Associated Press.
"One of the biggest prizes in 2016 will be who picks the next Supreme Court judges," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. "Wouldn't it be wonderful to win the White House in 2016, undo ObamaCare, put America on a different path and have a president who defends little babies?"
The GOP shouldn’t be silent on abortion, Graham added.
At the dinner, Tea Party Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeReid: Cruz, Lee on Supreme Court should 'scare you' Cruz: Boehner unleashed his ‘inner Trump’ Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote MORE (R-Utah) said abortion rights supporters promote a “culture of death” and participate in “savagery.”
Abortion rights supporters chanted "hail, Satan" outside the Texas state Capitol last year, said Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump links Cruz's father to JFK assassin Poll: Trump hits new high with 56 percent nationally Trump knocks 'disgraceful' comment from Cruz's dad MORE (R-Texas).
Cruz, another Tea Party member and potential presidential candidate, said the people walked "arm-in-arm, chanting 'Hail, Satan,' embracing the right to take the life of a late-term child.”
The demonstration happened as the debate flared over a proposed late-term abortion ban bill. Protestors reportedly used the chant, however, to heckle a group of anti-abortion supporters.
The Susan B. Anthony List’s PAC plans to spend $10 million in this year’s midterm elections to help anti-abortion candidates, AP reports.