Florida Democrats post video reel of Marco Rubio’s restrictive abortion stance
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The Senator has said he believes life begins at conception, among the most restrictive views.

Florida Democrats are highlighting Sen. Marco Rubio’s statements over the years opposing abortion rights — even for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest — representing a restrictive view on abortion that could soon become reality in some states.

On Thursday, the Florida Democratic Party, put out a release, “Marco Rubio’s extreme record of attacking Floridians’ freedom to make their own health care decisions.” And it comes with a video showing Rubio espousing views that polls show most Americans don’t hold.

The 45-second video up on the Florida Democratic Party’s Facebook and Twitter pages is a montage of moments from presidential debates and interviews over the years featuring Florida’s senior Senator talking about the need to overturn the landmark abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade. It shows him discussing his view of when a fetus is entitled to the protection of U.S. laws, which would mean abortion is not allowed at any time during a pregnancy.

“Life begins at conception,” Rubio says at the video’s opening.

And to emphasize his view — which some polls show is even unpopular with Republicans — another part of the video shows him advocating that crime victims should be forced to carry their rapist’s baby.

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“I believe that human life is valuable irrespective of the circumstances of its creation and deserve the protection of our law,” Rubio says in another clip.

A Florida Democratic Party spokesman said the ad is part of a five-figure buy that will be digital only. Less than 24 hours after it was put on Twitter, the video had racked up more than 8,000 views and was generating at least 40 new views per minute Thursday morning.

Last week’s leaked revelation that a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices were prepared to overturn the 49-year-old landmark law that made abortion legal up to 23 weeks of pregnancy jolted legislative races. Poll after poll shows Americans, by and large, don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned. But, if the leaked opinion becomes reality, abortion could become illegal in almost all cases in at least 13 states.

The 15-week ban that Florida passed during the most recent Session would also be permissible.

Rubio is locked in a race with likely Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Val Demings. Demings voted to enshrine protection for abortion rights into federal law.

Rubio’s spokeswoman could not be reached to comment on the Democrats’ campaign highlighting his views.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


4 comments

  • Matthew Lusk

    May 12, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Anne, are you saying rape children are gross garbage? Go ahead and crush their little skulls?

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    • Impeach Biden

      May 12, 2022 at 1:05 pm

      Anne worked for the Sun Sentinel. That’s all I need to see.

      Reply

  • Let the clock go round

    May 13, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    “The Senator has said he believes life begins at conception, among the most restrictive views.”
    If not then, then when? And more important, who is to say? Science, with it’s lab coat and stethoscope? A judge, all berobed and balancing nuances in a vain search for impossible justice? The mother, who prides herself on having her hand on the excellent switch, which she flips one way for life and the other for death? Or God, who knows that only one thing is important under heaven, that all life has its time.

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