Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida advised women who became pregnant after being raped to give birth to their rapist's baby during an interview on Feb. 7 (video below).
Rubio was responding to GOP presidential rival former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida who told CNN on Feb. 6: "Politically, it's a tough sell to tell a pro-life mother -- had her daughter been raped -- that she would just have to accept that as a sad fact. This is not an easy decision, but Marco will have to explain that position."
ABC News "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos asked Rubio about his position against abortion, which does not include exceptions for victims of rape or incest, notes RawStory.com.
“Abortion to me is not a political issue,” Rubio stated. “It’s a human rights issue. And so, if Jeb [Bush] wants to make it a political issue, that’s his right. For me, it’s not.”
Rubio went on to say that he has supported laws that have had exceptions, including a 20-week abortion ban, and said:
"First of all, I do require an exception for life of the mother because I’m pro-life. Number two, as I’ve said, if they pass a law in Congress that has exceptions, I’ll sign it, because I want to save lives.
"The broader point I've made, however, I believe all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws, that's what I deeply and personally believe. And I'm not going to change on something that is so deep in me in order to win an election."
Stephanopoulos asked Rubio what he would say to a rape victim who has not met his exception for abortion, and the presidential candidate replied:
"It’s a terrible situation. I mean, a crisis pregnancy, especially as a result of something as horrifying as that, I’m not telling you it’s easy. I’m not here saying it’s an easy choice. It’s a horrifying thing what you’ve just described.
"It's heartbreaking. It's unimaginable, quite frankly. I get it. I really do. And that’s why this issue is so difficult. But I believe a human being, an unborn child has a right to live, irrespective of the circumstances by which they were conceived.
"And I know that the majority of Americans don’t agree with me on that. And that’s why any law that limits abortions that passed will almost certainly have exceptions. And I’ll sign it with exceptions, but I personally believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws."