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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to the media as he urges the United States Congress to pass funding to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus on June 3, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Activist group targets Marco Rubio over opposition to abortions for women with Zika

By WITW Staff on September 6, 2016

NARAL Pro-Choice America, a prominent abortion rights group, has launched a $175,000 TV ad campaign against Florida senator Marco Rubio, Politico reports. The ad, which will air in Orlando and West Palm Beach, targets Rubio for supporting a bill that seeks to allocate $1.1 billion to Zika emergency funding, but that also restricts women’s access to abortions.

“Marco Rubio voted against funding health clinics that provide critical care during this public health emergency,” the ad says. “And Marco Rubio continues to be against a woman’s right to choose an abortion, even if they are infected with the Zika virus.”

The aforementioned bill has been blocked by Senate Democrats. It will receive a vote Tuesday, when Congress returns from its summer break.

Rubio has voted in favor of every Zika funding proposal to date. But he said last month that he would rather “err on the side of life” than allow a Zika-infected woman to obtain an abortion.

Read the full story at Politico.


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