Marco Rubio Weighs In on Zika Crisis

Far left Democrats, like Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Sen. Tim Kaine, are cynically trying to exploit the developing Zika crisis both to advance their pro-abortion ideology and to bash Republicans.

But Sen. Marco Rubio is fiercely defending life in spite of pressure from abortion ideologues.

Sen. Marco Rubio (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Pregnant women infected with Zika can pass the virus along to their unborn children. The virus can often cause birth defects, most notably microcephaly, a condition in which a child’s head is too small and the brain develops abnormally. Pro-abortion leftists argue that pregnant women infected by the virus ought to abort their children.

Marco Rubio, however, condemned that position in no uncertain terms.

“I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one,” he told Politico. “But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

“Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties,” Rubio also said. “So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m pro-life. And I’m strongly pro-life. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

As the dangers of Zika are covered in the media, families with children who were born with microcephaly are coming out to talk about their struggles and stand up for life with Rubio. Continue Reading

Democrats Are Putting Lives At Risk By Playing “Zika” Politics

Concerns about the Zika virus are growing throughout the country. Pregnant women are taking unusual precautions, travel warnings are being issued for Florida, and public panic is on the rise in any state with mosquitoes.

Prominent Florida Democrats, such as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Alan Grayson, are giving speeches and hosting town halls dedicated to reassuring voters that they are working on solutions. Even national Democratic figures, like New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, are calling for an emergency session of Congress to allocate funds for the fight against Zika.

But can we be honest for a second? These politicians are not actually interested in addressing Zika as a public health crisis. Instead, they are just treating it as another campaign issue to try to attack conservatives.

House Republicans tried addressing Zika back in June. Then, when they were contending with the House Democrat’s gun control sit-in stunt, Republicans passed a compromise bill that ought to have secured support from Democrats — were they not busy pouting on the floor of the chamber.

Kaine said at a rally in Florida that “Congress should not be in recess while Zika is advancing.” But where was this attitude when do-nothing Democrats were sitting around whining instead of working?

Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby wrote an op-ed for CNBC, detailing how Senate Democrats obstructed these middle-of-the-road compromise measures from getting to the President’s desk.

“In June I relayed the good news that the House had passed appropriations legislation providing funding for our nation’s response to the Zika virus,” Roby wrote.

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Why FADA is Needed: Debbie Calls Rubio a Bigot

If you doubt what the Left intends to do with gay marriage, hear Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC’s attack dog, blithely call Marco Rubio, a first-generation American success story, a “bigot” because he doesn’t agree with gay marriage:

This is why I’ve made the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) an absolute priority. It will prevent the federal government from using its power of the purse to punish traditional believers and to enforce its strange new public morality on all of us. Kudos to Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson — and Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum — for vowing to pass FADA in their first 100 days in office. Donald Trump said he would not commit to doing so. That gives me pause. John Kasich and Chris Christie? Nowhere to be found.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. Continue Reading

DNC Chair Bombs on Abortion

Rand Paul’s first week on the campaign trail was marked by a surprisingly clever stand on abortion.  When asked the usual media question about whether abortion bans should have exceptions, he brought the question back around to question Democrats’ “on demand and without apology” position and whether they would support exceptions for, say, a seven pound baby.

Faced with this uncomfortable question, the chairwoman of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, opted for an equally uncomfortable statement that she “support[s] letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved – period.”  Needless to say, Paul pressed his advantage, pointing out on Wolf Blitzer that even most pro-abortion activists weren’t comfortable with such an extreme position, and that it was costing the Democratic Party members.

Yesterday, Blitzer confronted Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz for the second time, again asking for her view on exceptions, and again she dodged:

“I answered his question specifically: We support a woman’s right to choose and we don’t support government interference between her and her doctor,” she said. “The way he tried to characterize that was to deflect and not answer the question he was asked. We still didn’t get an answer.”

Except she didn’t answer.  The question needs a simple yes/no answer: Are Democrats willing to accept exceptions to their “on demand” abortion view?  Schultz’s dodging suggests that Rand has found a way to flip the usual media narrative and cast Democrats as the extreme party on abortion.  Here’s hoping other candidates take note.

Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles in Action. Continue Reading