One of my favorite moments of last night’s debate? When Marco Rubio went all, “Oh, no you didn’t” on abortion exceptions.
Early in the debate, moderator Megyn Kelly stated that Rubio was pro-life except in instances involving incest and life of the mother – and pointed out that this contradicted his own Catholic beliefs. Except her statement was false and Rubio fired right back, saying he’s never argued for those exceptions.
Okay, side note here. Know what’s insanely cool, you guys? The only reason Rubio gets away with this is because of the Planned Parenthood videos. If this debate was a year ago, every candidate on that stage would be calling for exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. Every one of them. (Granted, they’d probably be a group of different candidates, but I digress.) Mike Huckabee’s statement about DNA and life beginning at conception? The man would have been mocked right off the stage.
But now, people are seeing, and keep seeing, that baby humans are in fact, baby humans. Planned Parenthood is selling organs from fetuses – problem, though! Cell clumps don’t grow organs! So suddenly, the idea of abortion is becoming real, and being viewed as murder… and we’re actually talking about the fact that maybe we shouldn’t murder an innocent child for the crime of the parent. Because it’s not just a blob of cells. That’s a person.
This morning on CNN, Chris Cuomo again attempted to corner Rubio on this issue, but Rubio was having nothing of it. Check it out:
“It seems that you had your own record wrong,” the host said. “Is that something you want to correct this morning?”
“That’s not true,” Rubio shot back. “Everybody supported that bill. Every single pro-life senator, every single pro-life group… supported the bill you were just talking about because it prevents abortions.”
“But the bill did have that carve-out and you said you’ve never been near it.”
“No, because you’re wrong,” Rubio replied. “I didn’t say that. I said I never advocated for that… I never said that I will only support a bill that has an exception in it. But I will support bills that has exceptions in it because they prevent abortions. I am here to save as many of those unborn children’s lives as possible.”
“I think both of those instances are horrifying,” Rubio responded. “Any time it happens, it’s horrifying, it’s a tragedy. But I personally and honestly and deeply believe that all human life is worthy of protection — irrespective of the circumstances in which that human life was created. I personally believe that you do not correct one tragedy with a second tragedy.”
Now that’s what it means to be pro-life, people. Kudos, Marco Rubio. Kudos.
by Krystal Heath, follow her on Twitter