Florida Senator Marco Rubio does not believe that a pregnant woman with the Zika virus should have the right to get an abortion.
Rubio believes that a pregnant woman affected by the virus must not get an abortion even if there are concerns of microcephaly and birth defects due to the virus. Florida has been under the hardest conditions due to the mosquito-borne disease known to cause severe microcephaly and other birth defects among infants, reported CBS News.
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Florida is one of the first places where local transmissions of the virus had been discovered. Centers for Disease Control came across 16 known cases in the Miami area.
As of now, more than 1,800 cases have been reportedly discovered in the U.S. These cases have originated mostly from traveling to foreign countries where the virus is prevalent.
“I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws.And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one,” Rubio said.
“But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”
In June, Congress was not able to pass a Zika-relief bill. This was partially due to a dispute over Planned Parenthood, according to Politico. The virus spread quickly through Florida, which now has 422 cases. This is more than any other state in the entire country. The issue has alerted families and health experts.
“We’ve never before had a mosquito-borne disease that can cause a birth defect,” CDC director, Tom Friedan, said.
“That’s why we take it so seriously. The key is to protect pregnant women.”