August 12, 2015

Marco Rubio defends stance against abortion, draws fire from Hillary Clinton

Rebel Staff

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has passionately defended his stance against abortion without exceptions for rape or incest, drawing heavy fire from Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the process. 

Rubio, a G.O.P. presidential candidate, had been accused of peddling inconsistent views following Thursday’s Republican primary debate in Cleveland prior to the reception of Clinton’s criticism.

During the debate, Rubio was asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly to share his position on the highly contentious issue.

Despite having co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2013 - a bill designed to prohibit abortions being performed beyond 20 weeks, in cases where the mother’s life is in danger and where the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the result of incest against a minor - Rubio told the Fox News audience: “I have never said that. I have never advocated [for exceptions to abortion].”

Over the weekend, however, Rubio sought to clarify his position that while he does not support such exceptions, he would not rule them out if the overall impact is fewer abortions.

In an interview with Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press program, the self-declared champion for limited government said: “I’ll support any legislation that reduces the number of abortions. And there are those that have that exception. What I’ve never done is said I require that it must have or not have exceptions.”

Ultimately, while a woman possesses certain rights over her body, Rubio said, his priority is in protecting the rights of an unborn child.

“Listen, you’re 15 years old and you become pregnant and you’re scared and you have your whole life ahead of you and you’re facing this, that is a hard situation,” Rubio eloquently told Todd. “[But] when asked to make a decision between two very hard circumstances, I’ve personally reached the conclusion if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life, on the side of protecting a human being.”

“I personally and deeply believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws,” he added with utmost clarity.

Clinton, seeking to underline her pro-choice credentials, branded Rubio’s comments “deeply troubling” in remarks to reporters in New Hampshire Monday, the Washington Post has reported.

The former Secretary of State, forever the consummate politician, reportedly transitioned to Rubio’s abortion comments after she was asked about her thoughts on Donald Trump’s crudely insulting comments towards Megyn Kelly. When faced with a question he did not like, and referring to the debate host, Trump said, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

“I know it makes great TV,” said Clinton. “I think [Trump] went way overboard - offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective - but what Marco Rubio said has as much of an impact in terms of where the Republican Party is today as anybody else on that stage, and it is deeply troubling.”

Rubio, who has received praise for his debate performance, responded to Clinton in a statement released Monday. Citing Clinton’s purported support for abortion during pregnancy even “when an unborn child can feel pain,” it said: “[Clinton] holds some radical views on abortion that we look forward to exposing in the months to come.”

According to a Gallup poll conducted in May, 19 per cent of Americans believe abortion should be outlawed entirely. Just over half of those surveyed said they think abortion should be legal but only in certain circumstances - and 29 per cent of respondents said the practice must not be limited in any way.


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commented 2015-08-17 19:49:50 -0400
I hear you, Brian Kelly, but it’s still the woman’s body. The two people that made the baby are not parents until the baby is born outside the body.
commented 2015-08-13 11:09:17 -0400
How about when a woman gets pregnant and she wants the abortion but the father wants to keep and raise this child. Do you still support that the woman has total control over her body? If not then where are the rights of the father, people scream about the right of the mother but not the father, why? In all of the responses about abortion I have not read one where the father has rights just as much as the woman. That baby has 2 parents and both should have equal voices. If she does not want the child and he does, then why not bring the baby into this world and have the father raise him/her. Common sense has flown out the window because each individual thinks their rights should supercede everyone else’s rights and that should not be. An unborn baby has no voice so as a society we as the adults must be the ones to give voice to that unborn child, but there will always be some that think an unborn child has no voice and that scares me as I always think whats next.
commented 2015-08-12 20:06:36 -0400
I wouldn’t worry about Hillary. She’s going to jail soon anyway. LOL!
commented 2015-08-12 20:05:08 -0400
Vlad – So you think woman should be paid to have children? Besides when needed conservatives are there with a checkbook. It’s called charity.
You speak of reproductive rights. Tell me, what of a child’s most fundamental right? The right to exist.
Funny how all you pro death types speak of rights yet fail to acknowledge the most basic right of all.
commented 2015-08-12 19:56:49 -0400
George Drummond – Name one conservative democrat. MOR at best.
commented 2015-08-12 19:31:35 -0400
Vlad — please quit making Canadian politicians American, and vice versa. It’s more than a tad insulting… to us…
commented 2015-08-12 18:18:09 -0400
Some Republicans (though perhaps not a lot) are liberal.
Some Democrats (though perhaps not a lot) are conservative.
Just trying to be helpful.
commented 2015-08-12 17:09:49 -0400
Vlad, like all liberals, you eagerly confuse Republicans with Conservatives. So some research. It will help your public image.
commented 2015-08-12 17:05:29 -0400
Conservatives need to learn to stop controlling a women’s reproductive. Conservatives aren’t there with the check book after the birth nor are they there at 3am for feedings.