Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas both promised to fight women's abortion rights if elected president in 2016.
The GOP presidential candidates made their promises this morning at the National Right to Life Committee’s annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana (videos below).
"Particularly under our current president, America has declined to stand on the side of life around the world. The White House needs a president who prioritizes and values life," Rubio said.
Rubio added, "And I will bring advocacy to the White House and we will get things done. And we will advance the cause of life at home and around the world."
Rubio also compared the pro-life movement to abolition, the Civil Rights Movement and women’s suffrage, RawStory.com notes.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Perry claimed that he was the most pro-life of all the Republican presidents and then bragged about the laws he signed in Texas, including one that forces women to undergo an ultrasound before having a legal abortion:
I know it works. On my iPad there’s that 20-week picture of my first grandbaby, and her mother understands now the most preciousness of life...
Because that was one of the tools we used in protecting women’s health, in being able to say that that is a very important date, if you will, that 20-week, that 20-week period where we outlawed abortions in the state of Texas.
Perry claimed Obama warned Americans that "Republicans were a threat to women's health," but did not cite any back-up evidence for his claim. Perry added that he would heal the country, bring everyone together and stop women from having abortions:
Because this is the most important truth, here and now: As long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, the only way to stop abortion is one pregnancy at a time, one woman at a time, one heart at a time.