Rubio Rehab: Senator Proposes Popular Pro-Life Bill
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is revving up an effort to regain credibility among conservatives after his popularity took a nosedive over his stance on immigration reform, The Hill reports. Senate Republicans are aiding Rubio’s rehabilitation by allowing him to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The House has already passed a similar bill that allows abortions after 20 weeks only in cases where the mother’s life was in jeopardy or if the mother had been impregnated through rape or incest.
Rubio’s announcement of his sponsorship is scheduled for the return of the Senate after the July 4 recess. But since the Democrats control the Senate, and abortion is the leading sacrament of the Democratic Party, the bill is unlikely to pass.
Typical Democratic sentiment over abortion was voiced by Emily Bittner, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, after the House passed its version of the bill:
Jobs took a backseat today so that House Republicans could exert their radical ideology and roll back women’s rights to the Stone Age. America is tired of watching this Republican Congress wage the same ideological battles they’ve been fighting for years, instead of trying to strengthen our economy or solve our problems. It is clear that this Republican Congress wants partisanship, not progress.
Battle lines over a similar bill have been drawn in Texas, with Governor Rick Perry leading the charge against pro-abortion forces. Eleven states already have restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks.