Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Politico he believes pregnant women infected with Zika should not have access to abortion. Zika causes abnormal brain development and severely limits a child’s life expectancy. Critics say Rubio has no right to impose such suffering on others, but pro-life groups applaud his consistent antiabortion stance. Read the perspectives below and VOTE!
If you believe, as pro-life citizens do, that human life begins at the moment of conception, then abortion is murder, and even if a baby would have brain damage and a dramatically shortened life span, that doesn't make ending that child's life acceptable.
For many pro-life advocates, whether or not a baby would suffer severe brain damage does not change their position. If it's a child, then its life needs to be protected, regardless of the quality or length of that life.
Zika presents a new danger: “We’ve never before had a mosquito-borne disease that can cause a birth defect,” said Centers for Disease Control director Tom Friedan. Microcephaly severely limits a child’s life expectancy, and lifetime health care costs for a microcephalic child can fall between $1 and $10 million. Even people who are uncomfortable with abortion agree that in these circumstances, giving Zika-infected pregnant women the option of abortion could prevent tremendous suffering.
Beyond the Zika debate, abortion is a legal medical procedure in the United States. Pro-choice Americans are demanding to know why Rubio thinks he has the right to dictate women's reproductive choices.