Rubio on Being Pro-Life: “Not Just a Political Issue for Me”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 13, 2013   |   1:25PM   |   Washington, DC

In a new interview following his pro-life response to the State of the Union last night, Florida Senator Marco Rubio says being pro-life is not a political issues for him. His comments will endear him to pro-life voters looking for a solidly pro-life candidate to support in 2016’s open presidential race.

Rubio talked with David Brody, CBN News Chief Political Correspondent.

Every life at every stage is precious,” Rubio said.

“This issue of life is a fundamental issue. It’s not a political issue,” he added. “For me it’s not about denying anybody the right to do anything. I’m not in the business of going around denying people what they want to do with their bodies or with their lives. This is about protecting people, human beings who maybe can’t speak yet and haven’t been born, perhaps don’t have a name or a social security number but they’re fully human nonetheless. They’re valuable and they’re precious and they deserve to be protected.”

Rubio continued in his interview with Brody:  “This is never going to be a political issue for me. I don’t care if it (the vote) is 90-10 or 99-1, the fundamental issue of life is one that I will never change my opinion on.”

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.”



During the address, Rubio talked about Obamacare, which pro-life groups have called the biggest expansion for abortion in history.

“For example, Obamacare was supposed to help middle class Americans afford health insurance. But now, some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with. And because Obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these businesses aren’t hiring. Not only that; they’re being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers,” Rubio said.

“Now does this mean there’s no role for government? Of course not. It plays a crucial part in keeping us safe, enforcing rules, and providing some security against the risks of modern life. But government’s role is wisely limited by the Constitution. And it can’t play its essential role when it ignores those limit,” Rubio continued.