2016 GOP contender for President, Senator Marco Rubio defended his no exceptions position on abortion on Sunday’s Media Buzz on the Fox News station, but added that, if elected president, he would vote for any law that protects life, regardless of exceptions.
In the interview with the Senator, Media Buzz’s Howard Kurtz told Rubio that supporters of the Jeb Bush campaign may be looking into using Rubio’s no exceptions on abortion position against him. Kurtz pointed to a New York Times article detailing how the head of a political Super PAC, which has raised more than $100 million for Jeb Bush, may be behind the strategy.
According to the report, the PAC Right to Rise’s top strategist, Mike Murphy, has portrayed the young Senator from Florida as too extreme on abortion, because Rubio had “never advocated” laws that would allow abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. The paper claims that Murphy has privately said that Right to Rise stands ready to devote up to $20 million to oppose Rubio and will use his abortion position as part of that effort.
Rubio responded by telling Kurtz he is pro-life and believes all life should be protected, “First, I can save him $20 million by telling him that I am pro-life. Because I believe all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws.”
But, the Senator admitted that despite his purists views, he is willing to support any legislation which protects life, even it it has exceptions:
“As president, I will support and sign any legislation that saves lives, even if it has exceptions. I don’t personally require exceptions but if there’s a bill before me that saves lives by preventing abortions after twenty weeks or whatever it may be, I will sign it even if it has exceptions,” he said.
Rubio has not been secret about his position. In the first GOP presidential debate, the Senator was asked by Fox’s Megyn Kelly about a rape exception for abortion. His reply was as follows, “I have never said that and I have never advocated that. What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of it’s development is worthy of protection. As a matter of fact, I think that law already exists. It’s called the Constitution of the United States.”
“And, let me go further,” he added. “I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws whether they can vote or not. Whether they can speak or not. Whether they can hire a lawyer or not. Whether they have a birth certificate or not.
“And, I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.”
Those are powerful words for a US Senator and presidential contender and, they show just how far the pro-life community has come in educating society on the horrors of abortion and the humanity of the unborn in the womb. Today, the protection of all unborn children regardless of how they were conceived is gaining traction. Recently Live Action president, Lila Rose weighed in on abortion for cases of rape and incest asking Sean Hannity and his pro-abortion guest, “Why should a child who’s conceived in rape be given the death penalty for the crimes of his or her father?”
She continued, “I think we can do better for women who are victims of sexual abuse and trauma to say that abortion is somehow a pathway to healing. Abortion is not a pathway to healing; it’s another violent act.”
Now, a new movement is afoot as those targeted for the so-called abortion exceptions are speaking out. Live Action News recently spoke to a rape conceived advocate who pointed out that the criminal in these “hard cases” is the rapist and not the unborn child. Juda Myers said that her group, Choices4Life works tirelessly to educate society that children conceived in rape have done nothing wrong. “To condemn a human for the crime of another is not justice,” she said.
Rubio has called abortion bad for our society and has angered abortion advocates with his no exceptions rhetoric, “There is no compelling argument for why a woman’s right to choose trumps a child’s right to live,” he once stated.