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August 8, 2016 / Press Releases

NARAL on Rubio’s Zika comments: “Shameful, dangerous and way out of the mainstream”

August 8, 2016

Statement of Sasha Bruce, Senior Vice President of Campaigns and Strategy for NARAL Pro-Choice America:

“Marco Rubio’s outrageous position on Zika and women’s ability to make our own decisions about what is best for us and our families sends a clear message to the women of Florida – Marco’s priorities are not our priorities.

“Rubio is the sitting Senator of the state that is ground zero for Zika in the US and instead of helping women, Rubio has decided to play politics with the issue. He has chosen to stand with far right wing groups, in denying women safe and legal health care options, including contraception, instead of standing with affected women in Florida. It is clear, that Rubio’s only priority is placating extreme anti-choice advocacy groups rather than dealing with a public health crisis and actually protecting the women of Florida.

“Rubio’s statements are shameful, dangerous, and way out of the mainstream. Health decisions should be made between women and their doctors, not politicians in Washington and Tallahassee.”

In response to Rubio’s comments over the weekend, NARAL Pro-Choice America will begin calls this week – to persuadable voters – alerting them to Rubio’s outrageous comments.


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