Sen. Rubio, the Zika virus, and erring on the side of life

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.)

Pro-Life Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.)

Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 7. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran August 8.

Pro-lifers never, ever deny that choosing life can be difficult. We write about the need for courage and determination and support from others all the time.

And that is why I so admire pro-life Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) who is in a tough re-election fight, for holding steadfast in his convictions, knowing his pro-abortion Democratic opponent and the entirety of the Mainstream Media will clobber him over his comments last Saturday and elsewhere about the Zika virus which has spread in Florida.

Here’s what he said, according to POLITICO’s Marc Caputo:

“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. …

“But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

Sen. Rubio did not minimize the possible damage to a baby born to some women infected with the Zika virus. In Caputo’s story we read

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

Of course, as is always the case with pro-abortionists, they are turning a bill to prevent severe anomalies into a tool with which to club Republicans. Writing for National Review Online, Alexandra DeSanctis tells her readers

While most of the funding outlined in the bill would go to mosquito prevention and vaccine research, a small segment is dedicated to public-health efforts. According to Don Stewart, deputy chief of staff for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democrats chose to block the entire bill because none of this small portion was earmarked for Planned Parenthood.

“The conference committee increased health-care block-grant funding and provided guidance on who could receive the funding,” Stewart tells National Review. “Planned Parenthood was not listed as a potential recipient, and Democrats want them to be explicitly listed as a recipient — even though the president’s initial request didn’t ask for any.”

As is often the case, a failure to specifically earmark money for Planned Parenthood is described as “cutting” funding.

For his part, Senator Rubio told POLITICO

“The Planned Parenthood angle is something they basically made up to have a political reason not to pass Zika so they can come back in August and campaign on it,“ he said. “That’s what I mean by political volleyball.”