The GOP “war on women” continues with presidential candidates like Marco Rubio, who has held some of the most extremist views on issues ranging from climate change to voting. But nowhere is Rubio’s extremism more evident than on the issue of abortion.
According to Rubio, when it’s a choice between the right of a person to do with their body as they choose and the right of an unborn child to live, he would choose to support the right of the unborn child to live. Even in cases of rape and incest.
Translation: If you’ve been brutally raped by a stranger or forced to have intercourse with your father and you get pregnant, suck it up, ladies. You’ll have that baby, or else.
Republican candidates Jeb Bush and Chris Christie were more than happy to hammer Rubio on this issue during the Republican primary debate on ABC Saturday. Both of them characterized his views on abortion as too pro-life to win a general election. The next morning in an interview on ABC with news host George Stephanopoulos, Rubio discussed his controversial anti-abortion stance.
What do you say to that mom when you look her in the eye?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“It’s a terrible situation,” Rubio replied. “I mean, a crisis pregnancy, especially as a result of something as horrifying as that, I’m not telling you it’s easy. I’m not here saying it’s an easy choice. It’s a horrifying thing that you’ve just described.
The irony of this is that Rubio has said he considers abortion a human issue, not a political one. Of course, you wouldn’t know that by the way he’s spent his entire campaign pandering to the religious right-wing of his party, trying to convince them he’s anti-abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother. No exceptions.
“I get it,” he added. “I really do. And that’s why this issue is so difficult. But I believe a human being, an unborn child has a right to live, irrespective of the circumstances of which they were conceived. And I know that the majority of Americans don’t agree with me on that.”
While the GOP establishment continues to position Rubio as a moderate, he is anything but. He was just one of 23 senators who voted against a motion in the Senate to discuss the Violence Against Women Act, and he supported the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that says employers should be able to deny birth control to their employees. He has said matter-of-factly that were he to become president, he would work to overturn the landmark Roe V. Wade decision and defund Planned Parenthood.
“I would rather lose an election than be wrong on the issue of life,” said Rubio.
Well then, enjoy the loss, Marco. The overwhelming majority of Americans disagrees with you.
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