Rubio: “The science is settled…life begins at conception.”


220px-Marco_Rubio,_Official_Portrait,_112th_CongressTwo weeks ago, the Senator Marco Rubio told ABC’s “This Week” that he believe that climate is changing–it’s always changing–but he’s skeptical of both the certitude of some scientists about the causes and scope of that change as well as many of the more radical policies proposed to address climate change. Predictably, the Left rushed to charge him with “climate denialism,” consistent with a general GOP distrust of science and all things factual. Rubio clarified his remarks, indicating that, yes the climate is changing; no we shouldn’t shut down our factories lest we face the Brave New Water World with a hamstrung economy. (Basically, Rubio’s been channeling his inner Bjorn Lomborg.)

But Rubio didn’t leave it at that. On Wednesday, he attacked the Left’s hypocrisy:

All these people always wag their finger at me about ‘science’ and ‘settled science.’ Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. So I hope the next time that someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?’ I’d like to see someone ask that question.

President Obama, for his part, gave his answer to Sen. Rubio’s question back in 2008: it’s above his pay-grade.

UPDATE: Check out Mollie Hemingway’s complete dismantling of the Washington Post’s lame response to Rubio, over at The Federalist.

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Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. Since 2005, Mr. White has been coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society: a three week seminar on Catholic social teaching, with an emphasis on the thought of Blessed John Paul II, which takes place every summer in Kraków, Poland. He studied politics at the University of Dallas and philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the St. Patrick's Evangelisation School in London, England.

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