During an interview on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Rubio was asked if Republicans were seeking to reverse abortion and contraception rights that women fought so hard to achieve for many decades. Rubio, in true Republican form, replied with a load of crap.
Mitt Romney’s potential running mate admitted that Republicans are indeed trying to kill abortion rights and then actually claimed that Republicans had more tolerance on the issue of abortion rights than Democrats.
“On the issue of life, yes, although there is diversity in the Republican Party on the life issue. In essence, there are such a thing as pro-choice Republicans, there are very few pro-life Democrats that are certainly tolerated within the mainstream of the Democratic Party. I think that’s important to point out. On that issue, I think there’s actually more tolerance in the Republican Party.”
After that Pinnochio-esque statement, Rubio told Chris Wallace yet another fib by claiming that there isn’t a debate about contraception. Rubio once again pushed the Republican line about this war on contraception being just about religious liberty.
“I don’t know anything about a contraception debate. I do know about a religious liberties debate that we had in this country about whether the federal government should have the power to force a religious institution — in this case, the Catholic Church — to have to pay for something that the church teaches against. That’s what that issue was about. I understand the president turned it into a contraception issue because it ties back to this strategy of this administration. He doesn’t want to run on his record. So instead, they are constantly in search of some issue that they can divide the American people on.”
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This is typical Republican spin that Rubio is employing. First, he claims that Republicans are more pro-choice than Democrats, even though the definition of tolerance means that you should tolerate the choice a woman makes regarding her pregnancy. In what world do Republicans actually do that today? Over 90 anti-abortion measures have been passed by Republican legislatures since 2010. Over 400 have been introduced in 2012 alone. That’s not tolerance. That’s a total war against choice.
Rubio’s claim that there is no debate about contraception, that it’s just about religious liberty, is just as false. Republicans are merely using religious liberty as an excuse to eliminate women’s access to contraception and Rubio knows it. Republicans are literally trying to give people such as employers, doctors, and pharmacists the right to decide what health choices women can make. All one these people needs to do is claim religious liberty to deny a woman her right to make her own health choices. To give other people the right to tell women what health choices they can or can’t make is morally wrong. It goes against everything the Constitution stands for. If a person has an objection to contraception, they don’t have to use it, but they do have to respect the decision made by those who do choose to use it. Republicans think they should be able to force people to abide by the religious convictions of others, but if Congress passed a law allowing people to deny others the right to buy firearms based on religious convictions, Republicans would be throwing a temper tantrum and yelling about how nobody has the right to decide what products another person uses or purchases. It’s the same with contraception. If a woman wants to use contraception, it’s her business and no one else’s.
Republicans in states across the country are introducing and passing laws that take away women’s rights. Rubio wants to pretend that that’s not the case. But this battle over abortion and contraception is not about religious liberty. It’s about using religious liberty as a cover in order to subjugate women to the will of men. It’s an excuse to deny women basic rights about what decisions they make about their own bodies. Spin jobs like this one by Rubio underscores why Republicans face such a huge gap among women voters. Male Republicans think they can fool women by claiming that the battle for reproductive rights is all about religion, but they can’t even fool their female colleagues, and they are fooling themselves if they think they can fool women across the country.