Rubio said he never has said he would only support legislation that had exceptions in it, but would support bills that have exceptions because they prevent abortions. He made his comments during an interview on New Day a CNN show. He said he wants to save as many of the unborn babies lives as possible.
The remarks by the Florida senator follow questions he received from Megyn Kelly a moderator in Thursday night’s Republican debate that suggested Rubio favors an incest and rape exception to abortion laws.
The Republican co-sponsored a measure in 2013 that would have blocked all abortions after 20 weeks; it contained exceptions for incest, rape and the mother’s life.
Chris Cuomo from the New Day show told Rubio Friday that it seemed the senator was wrong about his own record and asked if he would like to walk through the comments he made at the debate on Thursday.
However, Rubio brushed the suggestions aside that he had flip-flopped on the abortion issue.
He said that everyone supported the measure. Every single senator who is pro-life, every single group that is pro-life support the bill that is being talked about because it prevented abortion, added Rubio.
Rubio also said that he does not specifically support incest or rape exceptions, saying that he thinks both of the instances are horrifying. He personally believes you do not go and correct one tragedy by committing another one.
The New Day host suggested that the stance by Rubio on abortion did not line up with voters in the U.S., saying that the country’s cultural mores certainly those of women, are not in step with the comments the senator was making.
However, Rubio rejected that the stance he had on abortion put him and female voters at odds. He said the value of life is timeless, returning to the theme about human life beginning at conception. He said science decided that it was human life, what else could it be he asked. It cannot become an animal or a donkey, said the senator.