Marco Rubio Defends GOP Pro-Life Platform From Media Attacks

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2012   |   11:29AM   |   Tampa, Florida

The media is falling all over itself attempting to portray Republicans as extremists on abortion because they are set to give final approval today to the plank that calls for a Human Life Amendment protecting unborn children from abortion.

But, to hear media outlets and the media elite tell the story, adoption of such a platform will somehow turn off women voters to the point that it will pave the way for re-electing pro-abortion President Barack Obama and sing Mitt Romney’s candidacy. Never mind that Republicans will be adopting the same pro-life platform that allowed them to win five out of the last eight presidential elections.

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” the GOP was “the home of the pro-life movement in American politics” but added that that doesn’t mean the party is anti-woman.

“This is not an issue about denying anyone rights,” said Rubio. “This is an issue about protecting the rights of a human being to live — irrespective of what stage in development they may be. “I think what’s important to understand, yes, Mitt Romney is pro-life and the Republican Party, although it has diversity on this issue, is the home of the pro-life movement in American politics.”

Rubio said he did not think the pro-life position on abortion would hurt Romney’s campaign, which has contrasted itself on abortion with Obama.

“I think we’re capable of discussing the issue of life in an intellectually honest way that’s true to our principles and at the same time make it very clear to the American people that we understand what it takes to grow the economy,” he said.



Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican convention platform committee, also defended the pro-life platform.

“I don’t think it’s any surprise that the Republican Party is the party that embraces the dignity and sanctity of life,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We’re a pro-life party. The Democrats are pro-choice.”

“That’s been there for 30 years. There are multiple human life amendments that were introduced 20, 30 years ago. Some of them had exceptions, some of them didn’t,” he said. “It’s a general proposition to say we support human life. The rest of those details are up to the states and the people respectively.”