Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (Pic via Facebook)

Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addressed a crowd at an anti-abortion event hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List, saying that the country “can never truly become what it fully was intended to be unless it deals with [abortion] squarely. … It’s that important.”

Rubio attended the Susan B. Anthony List’s fifth annual Campaign for Life Gala in Washington, D.C., last week. The List is an influential anti-abortion group that has influenced state and national policies on abortion rights.

“In the culture that we live in today it is difficult to be pro-life,” Rubio told the crowd. He said he did not understand why his anti-abortion views are “radical” even though, as he said, “at a minimum, half of the people country agree with [him].”

He said that people in the anti-abortion movement “get a beating” from people who write about politics.

“The issue of life is not a political issue, nor is it a policy issue, it is a definitional issue,” he said. “It is a basic core issue that every society needs to answer … which defines what kind of society you have.”

During his speech, Rubio discussed Roe v. Wade and the pro-choice movement. He said that the “right to life is a fundamental one that trumps virtually any right I can imagine, because without it, none of the other rights matter.”

Watch Rubio’s speech here:

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