Marco Rubio was interviewed Thursday by Glenn Beck on abortion. Beck raised the point that Hillary Clinton’s call for gun control in the wake of the Oregon shooting ignores the legal slaughter of unborn children across the nation. Rubio agreed, stating that while he believes that people should have a choice in what happens to their body, in the case of abortion policymakers should choose life:
GLENN BECK: Hillary Clinton said just the other day, ‘How many more of our innocent children have to be slaughtered before we say enough is enough?’ She of course was talking about the slaughter of children in Oregon, not in Planned Parenthood.
MARCO RUBIO: Yeah, again, terrible tragedy what happened in Oregon, but you’re right, every single year unborn in this country are killed legally, through laws that allow that to happen. Look, I recognize this is tough issue and I actually do believe that a woman has a right to choose with her body. The problem is that when there’s a pregnancy, there’s another life involved and that life has a right to live. And so, as policymakers we have to choose between two competing rights, and I’ve chosen as a matter of principle to choose life in that debate.
Rubio then went on to denounce Clinton for her support of late term abortion and called her out for voting in favor of partial-birth abortion (a practice that was made illegal in 2003):
RUBIO: [Clinton] on the other hand, she supports abortion on demand at any stage. For example, she voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion, a particularly gruesome way of aborting a child. She voted against the ban – one of the few people that did – and she justified it and said it was ‘a fundamental right.’ She has extreme positions on the issue of life and I hope that we’ll be able to talk about them in the campaign.
You can listen to the full interview below:
Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles In Action.