Marco Rubio on Abortion



Abortion is complex issue; we must reduce the number of them

Q: Where is the constitutional line of protection between an unborn child and the mother?

RUBIO: That's why this issue is so hard. There is no doubt that a woman has a right to her own body, has a right to make decisions about her own health and her own future. There's no doubt. And then, there's this other right. And that's the right of a human being to live. And these rights come into conflict when it comes to this issue. And, so, you have to make a decision.

Q: And that decision is.

RUBIO: 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. I tell people all the time, "Don't pretend this is easy." This is a difficult question. 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. I'll support any legislation that reduces the number of abortions.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 9, 2015

Barbarians of our age have murdered millions of the unborn

Q: You favor a rape and incest exception to abortion bans.

RUBIO: I'm not sure that that's a correct assessment of my record.

Q: You don't favor a rape and incest exception?

RUBIO: 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 its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States. And let me go further. 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.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Ban abortion after 20 weeks

Rubio would ban abortion after 20 weeks. Rubio co-sponsored a 2013 Senate bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks since fertilization, making exceptions for the life of the mother, rape or incest.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , Apr 13, 2015

Consensus that life begins at conception; so no abortion

Marco Rubio says pro-choice Democrats who criticize him for doubting man-made climate change should be questioned on why they support abortion: "Here's what I always get a kick out of, and it shows you the hypocrisy. All these people always wag their finger at me about science and settled science. Let me give you a bit of settled science that they'll never admit to," Rubio said. "The science is settled, it's not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life beings at conception. So I hope the next time someone wags their finger about science, they'll ask one of these leaders on the left: 'Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?' I'd like to see someone ask that question."

The debate, however, isn't nearly as clear-cut as Rubio claims. So-called personhood bills have sparked debate on when a fetus should be considered an individual with full legal rights.

Source: Huffington Post 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 14, 2014

I believe in protecting life but I'm not a chauvinist

In order to work together with people that you disagree with, there has to be mutual respect. That means I respect people who disagree with me on certain things, but they have to respect me too. Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe that life--all human life--is worthy of protection at every stage of its development does not make me a chauvinist.

In fact, the people who are actually close minded in American politics are the people that love to preach about the certainty about science with regards to our climate, but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception.

Source: Speech at 2013 Conservative Political Action Conf. , Mar 14, 2013

Pro-life, but understands that woman's right is the law

He sounded like a moderate Republican. He was pushing for early education for at-risk children, and when asked about his views on the hot-button issue of abortion, the paper said, he pronounced himself "pro-life but says that he understands fully that a woman's right to an abortion is the law."
Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p. 93 , Jun 19, 2012

Expand birth control exemption for faith-based organizations

Rubio declared, "The federal government does not have the power to force religious organizations to pay for things that that organization doesn't believe in."

The insurance requirement, part of the sweeping Affordable Care Act that had earned Obama such disdain among tea partiers, allowed narrow exemptions for churches but not other faith-based organizations such as universities or hospitals. Many states have similar laws, and the vast majority of health plans cover birth control. But the issue became a furious election-year fight, and Rubio its most high-profile combatant. "This is not about women's rights or contraception; this is about the religious liberties that our country has always cherished." "At the end of the day, it's about the fact that now the federal government has the power to force a religion to pay for something the religion teaches is wrong." Rubio's legislation, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, would expand exemptions for faith-based organizations.

Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.177-178 , Jun 19, 2012

Opposed Sotomayor nomination based on her Roe support

Rubio was all too aware of the dilemma he faced. After months of questions about his opposition to Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, a puertorriquena who would become the first Hispanic justice on the US Supreme court, Rubio wrote an op-ed column that sought to address the expectations many placed on Hispanic politicians.

Opposition to her judicial philosophy is in no way a wholesale opposition to Hispanics.

Rubio said he opposed her nomination because of her case history and testimony on "the so-called right to privacy" that resulted in the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision and a concern that she "would bring an activist approach" to the court.

Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.235 , Jun 19, 2012

No right to privacy, that resulted in the Roe v. Wade

I support judges who will respect the rule of law, strictly interpret our Constitution and not legislate from the bench. I opposed Judge Sonia Sotomayor [based on] her case history and testimony regarding the Second Amendment at the state level, eminent domain takings and the so-called constitutional right to privacy that resulted in the Roe v. Wade decision. Together, these and other cases point to a nominee who would bring an activist approach to the highest court in the land.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.marcorubio.com, "Issues" , Feb 3, 2010

Require ultrasounds before performing abortions

I am pro-life. As a state legislator, I supported various pieces of pro-life legislation that, among other things, would require doctors to perform ultrasounds before performing abortions and another bill that would ban the use of taxpayer dollars to fund stem cell research.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.marcorubio.com, "Issues" , Feb 3, 2010

Voted against funding stem cell research

Rubio voted NO on Amendment A990241, Stem Cell Research Funding Amendment (rejected by the House, 40 - 73).

State government synopsis: This amendment earmarks $1,000,000 from the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program to fund research grants on adult, umbilical cord and embryonic stem cell projects.

Source: Florida state legislative voting records , Apr 6, 2006

Opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism.

Rubio opposes the CC survey questions on abortion & strict interpretation

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1 on Aug 11, 2010

Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research.

Rubio supports the CC survey question on banning stem-cell research

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research". [Supporting this statement means the candidate would ban such research; opposing it means the candidate would allow such research].

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1a on Aug 11, 2010

Supports giving legal protection to unborn children.

Rubio supports the F2A survey question on abortion

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Giving legal protection to unborn children '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q1 on Sep 19, 2010

Prohibit federal funding for abortion.

Rubio signed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Source: H.R.3 &S.906 11-S906 on May 5, 2011

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