As threats of the Zika virus loom from Miami to the Rio Olympics, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered a controversial opinion: Pregnant woman who contract the virus shouldn't get abortions, despite Zika's known link to severe birth defects.
"I understand a lot of people disagree with my view. But I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws," Rubio told Politico.
Rubio's home state of Florida now has 422 cases of Zika, which leads the nation. He was the first Republican to sponsor President Obama's $1.9 billion plan to fight the virus, which was shot down in Congress.
Rubio added that he was aware of the challenges created by the birth defects caused by Zika.
"Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it's a lifetime of difficulties," he said. "So I get it. I'm not pretending to you that that's an easy question... But I'm pro-life. And I'm strongly pro-life."
Microcephaly is a condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads due to an underdeveloped brain.
Marco Rubio would ban women with Zika from abortions, says "I get it" about "lifetime of difficulties," but wants to repeal ACA. What a man.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 7, 2016
Rubio was swiftly criticized for his comments.
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