Florida Senator Marco Rubio is the latest to indicate he’s seeking the Republican nomination for president and the pro-life lawmaker is jumping in the race just one day after pro-abortion Hillary Clinton made it official. Rubio is solidly pro-life and has championed the pro-life cause in speeches and with his votes during his tenure in office.
Rubio, who is the third official candidate on the Republican side, following pro-life Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, plans to make his announcement tonight at a rally in Miami. The senator says he will not run for re-election, so if he fails to gain the nomination or become the running mate, Rubio may be out of politics for the time being.
Rubio, who has a 100% pro-life voting record in Congress, has said that the United States “can never truly become what it fully was intended to be unless it deals with [abortion] squarely…it’s that important.”
Rubio also noted that America can do nothing more important than show the world that “all life is worthy of protection.”
“The Right to Life is a fundamental one that trumps virtually any other right that I can imagine — Because without it, none of the other rights matter. There can be no Liberty without Life. There can be no Constitution without Life. There can be no nation without Life. And there can’t be other lives without Life,” he said in a 2012 speech. “The issue of life is not a political issue, nor is it a policy issue, it is a definitional issue. It is a basic core issue that every society needs to answer. The answer that you give to that issue ends up defining which kind of society you have.”
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“This is an issue that, especially for those that enter the public arena and refuse to leave our faith behind, speaks to more than just our politics,” Rubio said. “It speaks to what we want to do with the opportunity we have been given in our life, to serve and to glorify our Creator.”
“They say, ‘Well, they are not viable without the support of the mother.’ That also cannot be a good argument, because a newborn isn’t viable without the mother either. A 1-year-old child, a 2-year-old child — leave a 2-year-old child by himself, leave a 6-month-old child by himself, they are not viable either.”
More recently, Rubio took on abortion and the so-called War on Women head on in a speech at CPAC.
“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. “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.”
Rubio may be best known to some for his State of the Union response that saw pro-life him nervously present a Republican response to pro-abortion President Barack Obama and where he took a drink of water during the speech because he was parched.
“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 2013, Rubio blasted abortion and Roe v. Wade on its 40th anniversary.
“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.”
“Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to,” the Florida Republican said. “Science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. So I hope the next time that someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the Left, ‘Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life behind at conception?’”