Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio discussed his views on abortion Friday morning, defending his belief that life begins at conception and should not be terminated with an abortion procedure.
The Florida senator spoke with CNN journalist Chris Cuomo, who began with a question about Rubio's stance on abortion in cases of rape or incest. "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," he said. "You do not correct one tragedy with a second tragedy," he added.
Rubio, who said the value of human life is a "timeless principle", was asked just how timeless the issue is, given the amount of women who disagree with his views. His answer: "The idea that a human life is worthy of the protection of our laws is not something that over time anybody should evolve on." Rubio then said science has "absolutely" concluded that life begins at conception, speaking over Cuomo who asserted that science has not reached that conclusion.
"What else can it be? It cannot turn into an animal, it can't turn into a donkey," Rubio quipped. "The only thing that that can become is a human being."
The Center for Disease Control says over 32,000 pregnancies are the result of rape every year, citing a 1996 study. Abortion, for all its divisiveness, has entered into discussion with a new fervor after a series of undercover videos allegedly revealed illegal sales of body parts from aborted fetuses in Planned Parenthood offices.
Republicans have called for an end to financial support for Planned Parenthood by the government, and three states have already cut ties with the organization. Democrats are set on blocking any attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, and the White House has said that President Obama will not consider defunding, according to Reuters.