GOP debate: Marco Rubio claims it's in the Constitution that abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest

The Florida senator vehemently denied believing that women who are raped should be allowed access to abortions


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 7, 2015 7:47AM (UTC)

Florida Senator Marco Rubio took the hardest of all possible hardline positions on the question of women's rights Thursday night, arguing that abortions should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest.

Megyn Kelly informed him that on Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called rape and incest exemptions "preposterous," saying that "they discriminate against an entire class of human beings."

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"If you believe that life begins at conception, as you say you do," she asked, "how do you justify ending a life just because it begins violently through no fault of the baby."

"I don't think that's an accurate accounting of my view," Rubio replied.

"You don't favor a rape and incest exception?" Kelly asked.

"I have never said that," Rubio replied. "I've never advocated that. I've advocated passing a law that says that all human life, at every stage of its development, is worthy of protection -- in fact, I believe that law already exists."

"It's called the Constitution of the United States."

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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