Senator Marco Rubio, a pro-life Republican from Florida who is widely considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, took on abortion and the so-called War on Women head on in a speech today at CPAC.
Appearing before thousands of conservative activists at the annual convention, Rubio said he believes life begins at conception and that opposing abortion does not equate to hating women. As reported by CNS News:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told thousands of conservatives gathered for the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday “science has proven that life begins at conception.”
“Just because we believe that life – all human life – is worthy of protection at every state of its development does not make you a chauvinist,” Rubio said, speaking on opening day of the three-day event featuring workshops and speeches by Rubio and other rising stars in the Republican Party.
“In fact, the people who are actually closed minded in American politics are the people that love to preach about the certainty of science in regard to our climate, but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception.”
Last month, in a genuine State of the Union response that saw pro-life Sen. Marco Rubio nervously present a Republican response to pro-abortion President Barack Obama, the Florida senator made a pro-life case.
“The State of the Union address is always a reminder of how unique America is. For much of human history, most people were trapped in stagnant societies, where a tiny minority always stayed on top, and no one else even had a chance,” he said. “But America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a God-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them.”
And in January, Rubio blasted abortion and Roe v. Wade on its 40th anniversary.
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“Today marks the tragic anniversary of one of America’s most blatant instances of judicial activism that paved the way for the destruction of innocent unborn life. Since this decision, tens of millions of our nation’s unborn babies have been denied the chance to celebrate a birthday, begin kindergarten or go on to contribute their God-given talents to our world,” he said.
Rubio added: “As a U.S. senator, I am privileged to serve in a position that allows me to fight for the lives of the unborn. I will continue to fulfill my duty to fight to reduce the number of abortions. As with many of our nation’s most important debates, the battlefield of this issue is in the hearts and minds of the American electorate, and I pray that we can one day live in a society that fully cherishes every life from conception until death.”