August 13, 2015 12:00 am -


The extreme anti-abortion views of Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are being buried with so much attention on The Donald.

Trump has been the center of attention since the first Republican presidential debate last week. But perhaps the most significant policy moment in the debates came when two other GOP frontrunners, Florida senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, announced their opposition to abortion without any exceptions.

During the Cleveland debate, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Rubio to clarify whether he supports exceptions on abortion, including for rape or incest. “I have never said that. And I have never advocated that,” the Florida senator responded. He reiterated his opposition to abortion exceptions over the weekend.ot to be outdone, Walker declared in the debate that he, too, does not support any exceptions to abortion. “Would you really let a mother die, rather than have an abortion?” Kelly asked. Walked responded that he’s “always been pro-life” and has “said many a time that that unborn child can be protected, and there are many other alternatives that can also protect the life of that mother”. (When a Republican congressman made a similar claim in 2012, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists put out a statement that “abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health”.)

For decades, Republicans have been the pro-life party on abortion. But for the party’s presidential nominee, that pro-life position has included exceptions.

What makes these statements from Rubio and Walker notable is that, if either man wins the primary, he could be the first Republican presidential nominee in history to openly oppose abortion in all cases.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.