Florida Sen. Marco Rubio argued with Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly Thursday on his record on abortions, claiming he does not actually support exceptions to an abortion ban in cases of rape or incest.
Kelly had started a question asking how he can support rape and incest exceptions when Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently called them “preposterous” and said they “discriminate against an entire class of human beings.”
“If you believe that life begins at conception, which you do, how do you justify ending a life just because it begins violently through no fault of the baby?” Kelly asked Rubio during the debate.
Rubio responded by saying he’s not sure Kelly had a “correct assessment of my record.” When pressed on whether or not he favors the exceptions, he said he has never supported or advocated for them.
But Rubio was a cosponsor on the Senate’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced in 2013. The bill would have prohibited abortion except in certain circumstances, including if “the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the result of incest against a minor.” The legislation would have also included an exception if the woman’s life was at risk.
Rubio claims he is staunchly pro-life and has spoken about how legal abortion is “the taking of innocent life on a massive scale.” At the National Right to Life Convention last month, he compared the fight against abortion to the struggles for abolition, civil rights and women’s suffrage.