Marco Rubio says women infected with Zika shouldn't have access to abortion—do you agree? | The Tylt
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!
Marco Rubio says women infected with Zika shouldn't have access to abortion—do you agree?
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.