Rubio: Abortion “Is Not a Political Issue,” “Speaks to the Core of Our Values”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Marco Rubio spoke with Glenn Beck yesterday on the issue of abortion. The transcript is below:

GLENN BECK: You were on CNN and you said some of the most remarkable things I think I’ve heard any politician say on — on Planned Parenthood and on abortion. You took him on and I think sliced him to ribbons. But you made the — you made the point that even in cases of rape and incest, abortion is murder and it should be abolished.

MARCO RUBIO: Look, a human being, in my view, this is how I deeply feel. It’s not a political issue, this whole abortion debate. I believe a human being is entitled to life, irrespective of the circumstances in which that human being was conceived in and so forth. And in order to be ideological consistent, I hold that position that you’ve just outlined.

Now, I recognize that other people don’t hold that view. And in order to save lives in this country, I have supported bills in the past that have exceptions in them. And I know a lot of people who are pro-life that support exceptions because they feel it goes too far. You know, I support saving the life of the mother. But I think, in my view, I personally feel this very, very strongly, that every human life is entitled to the protection of our life. And if we as a society start deciding which lives we will protect and which lives we will not, we put ourselves on a very slippery, dangerous slope.

I actually think, in 100 years or so, or less, future generations will look back at this time in history and say it’s really unbelievable that so many unborn human beings, their lives were ended, simply because they didn’t have a birth certificate, couldn’t hire a lawyer, didn’t vote, or we couldn’t see them yet. And I just feel very strongly about that. And again, for me, it’s not a political issue. It’s an issue that speaks to the core of our values.

Thomas Valentine is a researcher for APIA and a junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.