During Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) rattled his competition, Senator [score]Marco Rubio[/score] (R-FL), early and often. However, while Christie may have succeeded in knocking Rubio down a few pegs during the debate, he may have destroyed his own chance at being our next President. After spending time hammering Rubio over various position problems and taking the Senator to task for sounding scripted, Christie stumbled by criticizing Rubio’s strong pro-life stand.
While Christie and Jeb Bush both call themselves pro-life, neither man sounded very pro-life during the debate. Both men attacked Rubio as “too” pro-life, while arguing that there should be exceptions allowing for rape in certain instances.
“I believe that if a woman has been raped, that is a pregnancy that she should be able to terminate. If she is a victim of incest, this is not a woman’s choice, this is a woman being violated. The fact is that we have always believed, as has Ronald Reagan, that we have self defense for women who have been raped and impregnated because of it or been victims of incest and been impregnated for it. I believe that they do not have to deliver that child if they believe that is an act of self defense by terminating that pregnancy.”
I know someone who was conceived via rape. Her life is no less valuable than mine.
That was a disgusting answer from Christie.
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) February 7, 2016
Bush did not use such disgusting rhetoric, but his comments were equally disturbing.
“But I believe there should be exceptions: rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger. And so, that belief, and my consistency on this, makes me, I think, poised to be in the right place, the sweet spot for a Republican nominee. And others may have a different view, and I respect it. But I think we have to be cognizant of the fact there’s a lot of people that are concerned about having a pro-life position without any exceptions.”
Except Mr. Bush, that view is entirely inconsistent! How can abortion be murder… except for when the child was created through rape or incest? Your position is completely inconsistent, and it is easily dismantled, which is why liberals made such huge advancements in the abortion debate over the last half century. If abortion is murder, then it is always murder.
These comments from the two “moderate” to liberal GOP candidates stood in stark contrast to Rubio’s position, which he eloquently championed during the debate.
“To me, the issue of life is not a political issue. It’s a human rights issue, and it’s a difficult issue, because it puts in conflict two competing rights. On the one hand is the right of a woman to choose what to do with her body — which is a real right — and on the other hand is the right of an unborn human child to live. And they’re in conflict. And as a policy maker, I must choose which one of these two sides takes precedence. And I have chosen to err on the side of life.
Here’s what I find outrageous. There have been five Democratic debates. The media has not asked them a single question on abortion — and on abortion, the Democrats are extremists. Why doesn’t the media ask Hillary Clinton why she believes that all abortion should be legal, even on the due date of that unborn child? Why don’t they ask Hillary Clinton why she believes that partial- birth abortion — which is a gruesome procedure that has been outlawed in this country — [is] a fundamental right? They are the extremists when it comes to the issue of abortion, and I can’t wait to expose them in a general election.”
Rubio also added that he did believe that there should be an exception to protect the life of the mother before continuing, “I just believe deeply that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. I would rather lose an election than be wrong on the issue of life.” Amen to that.
If we stopped there, Chris Christie would look bad and Marco Rubio would come off looking like a hero, which he is on abortion. However, the story doesn’t end there. No, Christie made himself look even worse in the eyes of pro-life conservatives when he responded pompously to being asked if his attack on Rubio might be “harmful to the pro-life cause.”
“Well, I’ve been pretty helpful to the pro-life cause in one of the most pro-choice states in the union. I’ve stood up for the first time and now for the last six years we’ve defunded Planned Parenthood — not talked about it like they do in Washington, D.C.”
Governor Christie, we’ve praised your pro-life work in a pro-choice state, but if you’re elected President you’ll very likely be gifted with a GOP House and Senate filled with conservative, pro-life representatives, and we need to know that when they send pro-life legislation to your desk, you’ll be an ally in the fight to end the abortion Holocaust. Right now, we don’t see an ally, at worst we see you as an enemy, and at best we see an unreliable partner. Neither is what we want in our next President.
I am still wincing over Christie's brutal description of when it's ok to kill your baby. Horrid. Horrid.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) February 7, 2016
— jon graves (@jongraves2120) February 7, 2016
— Lauren Muzyka (@LaurenMuzyka) February 7, 2016
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