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‘I feel very strongly about this issue’: Marco Rubio to introduce 20-week abortion ban in Senate
Life Site News ^ | 7/26/2013 | Kirsten Anderson

Posted on 07/27/2013 3:10:59 AM PDT by IbJensen

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After several weeks of speculation, Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, confirmed this week that he wants to introduce a bill banning abortions nationwide after 20 weeks, when experts say unborn children can feel pain.

“I feel very strongly about this issue,” Rubio said. “And I’d like to be the lead sponsor on it if we can find language that we can unify people behind.”

Congressman Trent Franks, R-AZ, who authored the House version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, told LifeSiteNews.com earlier this month that Rubio planned to introduce the Senate version but asked it be kept off the record until Rubio made a public announcement.

Rubio explained the legislation had been delayed due to the fact that he and his colleagues want to be sure the legislation’s wording is constitutionally bulletproof before introducing it.

“What we have among pro-life supporters in the Senate is a difference of opinion about: Which constitutionally enumerated power is this flowing under?” Rubio told Politico. “We just have not yet been able to come to a consensus on that.” Under law, Senate bills must specify which constitutional provision authorizes it.

The senator also left room for the possibility that someone else may eventually take the lead in championing the legislation.

“If someone else would like to do it instead of me, I’m more than happy to consider it,” Rubio said. “But I’d like to be the lead sponsor.”

Rubio, who is expected to be a top contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, had been expected to announce his intention to sponsor the bill since three weeks ago, when he told press outlets that he had agreed to do it.

If Rubio is going to introduce the bill, now would seem an opportune time. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that more than half of Americans support restricting abortion after 20 weeks. In January, Gallup found that 64 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal after the first trimester, and 80 percent believe it should be outlawed in the third trimester.

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It’s likely internal debate over the bill’s language will center on whether to include controversial exceptions for rape, incest, birth defects, and/or the health of the mother.

Franks’ bill was originally introduced with only an exception to save the mother’s life, but under intense media scrutiny and outcry from abortion supporters, it was amended to include exceptions for rape and incest before it passed the House in June.

Pro-abortion critics of the proposed ban argue that excluding such exceptions amounts to forcing victims of crimes or illness to give birth against their will. But pro-life legislators and activists say that the ban doesn’t go into effect until five months into a woman’s pregnancy, giving her ample time to make such a decision.

And a growing number of people conceived in rape and incest have been speaking out against the so-called “rape exception,” arguing that children like them don’t deserve the death penalty for their fathers’ crimes.

Despite popular support for more restrictions, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, has said any legislation to limit abortion will be dead on arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

“The majority leader’s opposition to this puts him outside the mainstream of the American public,” Rubio said on Wednesday. “They love to cite polls all the time — and well, I don’t live by polls — but polls indicate that the vast majority of Americans believe that after 20 weeks, abortion should be limited.”

Americans’ awareness of late term abortion has heightened after the recent “House of Horrors” murder trial that saw abortionist Kermit Gosnell sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison for severing the spines of babies who survived late term abortion procedures at his filthy West Philadelphia clinic.

Around the same time, the pro-life activist group Live Action released a series of undercover videos exposing late-term abortionists and their staff telling patients to flush live babies down the toilet and vowing not to provide lifesaving care to babies born alive after botched abortions.

According to Florida-based political analyst Jeff Henderson, “in calling for moving the abortion ban from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, Rubio has his finger on the pulse of the American electorate.”

Writing for the Sunshine State News, Henderson said Rubio should jump on the opportunity to be a hero on what he believes is a winning issue.

“Since a majority of Americans are with Rubio on this issue, it’s a chance to use one of Democrats’ favorite tactics against them and paint them as out of touch and extremists on the issue,” Henderson wrote. “Rubio would be wise to play up his stance here as much as he can in the months to come and into the 2016 election.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; hestoast; marcorubiorino
Twenty weeks? Why not 20 years, Marco? You don't really know how the little shaver will turn out until he's been out of the shell for at least twenty years. You're apparently too wrapped up in liberalology to understand that abortion is abortion.

Why didn't you sponsor a bill to outlaw all abortion?

Is this the way you think you're going to redeem yourself in the eyes of true Conservative Americans? If so you didn't quite succeed. You're so anxious to get your name on a piece of legislation that you think will erase the stigma of your siding with Schumer, et al, to advance full benefits of citizenship for illegal trespassers.

1 posted on 07/27/2013 3:11:00 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

I’m sick of politicians talking about how they feeeeuuuuuuhhhhhl about serious issues. How about talking about what you believe, Marco? Too many are like you and only believe in getting re-elected.

Maybe you should reform immigration by enforcing the 1986 act and building the wall, that is if you believe (or feel, for that matter) that we are a nation of laws and not of men.


2 posted on 07/27/2013 3:25:32 AM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: IbJensen
“And I’d like to be the lead sponsor on it if we can find language that we can unify people behind.”

There's been an awful lot of that from him lately. He means the kind of language that substitutes "normalization" for "amnesty" but legally they will interpret it as the same word. It seems to me he's just trying to get back "in" now that he's f@cked up on immigration.

3 posted on 07/27/2013 3:32:37 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

I am so disgusted with this ‘Dumbo’.

The feeling is so much worse since I contributed money to his campaign and believed him to be a real Consevative; instead we get this kind of performance.

The Tea Party needs to get regenerated big time and get behind a true right-wing candidate who will carry scores of like minded Conservatives into office. Clean out the plush offices of those RINOs.


4 posted on 07/27/2013 3:54:08 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen
Is this the way you think you're going to redeem yourself in the eyes of true Conservative Americans? If so you didn't quite succeed. You're so anxious to get your name on a piece of legislation that you think will erase the stigma of your siding with Schumer, et al, to advance full benefits of citizenship for illegal trespassers.

Bingo! Just what I was thinking. He's trying to divert attention from his traitorous ways.

5 posted on 07/27/2013 3:59:27 AM PDT by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: IbJensen

I hear ya!

My new criterion for supporting and donating is based on what a candidate says about immigration.

If they even utter the words “comprehensive immigration reform,” they don’t get squat from me.

The only action I want seen on ‘illegal immigration’ is rigorous enforcement of existing laws.

I don’t care how hard they work here, what they’ve contributed, how many anchor babies they downloaded here or whatever little in taxes they pay. I don’t want any of them allowed a shot at citizenship; they broke our laws, stole the identities of our citizens and have crippled our public services. There is no way in hell ANY of them should be able to become a citizen. They are criminals.


6 posted on 07/27/2013 3:59:34 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: IbJensen
What a phony.

Our government is a "reality" show aired in daily segments on newscasts. Rubio is one of this season's actors.

The Tease: "What will Marco come up with to once again win the support of conservatives? Who will he partner with on the trek up Capitol Hill? Watch at noon, five, six, ten, eleven and on the morning news too!" [most days this gets preempted by "The Obama Show"]

7 posted on 07/27/2013 4:05:27 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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Marco who?


8 posted on 07/27/2013 4:06:56 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: IbJensen

Rubio has proved to be just another political windbag. He goes about destroying the country with his illegal amnesty program and now he tries to get into the good graces of the right with his stance on abortion.
Bottom line this douche can’t be trusted. Allan West for Senate!


9 posted on 07/27/2013 4:09:05 AM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: IbJensen

Abortion is the last refuge of a RINO scoundrel....


10 posted on 07/27/2013 4:11:34 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: raybbr
stigma of your siding with Schumer,

We Cons are indebted to Schumer for showing what a rube Rubio is. Played him like a fiddle.

11 posted on 07/27/2013 4:14:47 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: IbJensen
“Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, confirmed this week that he wants to introduce a bill banning abortions nationwide after 20 weeks,”

He now plans to amend his own bill to include illegal aliens in that action.

No abortion or deportation after 20 weeks. If they make it 20 weeks they are free.

12 posted on 07/27/2013 4:26:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: IbJensen

Too little too late pedro... go back to fidel you pos.

LLS


13 posted on 07/27/2013 4:29:25 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: central_va
We Cons are indebted to Schumer for showing what a rube Rubio is. Played him like a fiddle.

I'm still wondering how ANYBODY could be "played" by Schumer. He's such an obvious hack. He would be the used car salesman on the lot with the plaid suit - the one that everybody avoids. Including his co-workers.

And yet, somebody actually takes this guy seriously.

As for Rubio - he's off my list of acceptable candidates due to his role in trying to cram amnesty down our throats. You'd think that a RepubLICKan would have learned by now that the people don't want that.

14 posted on 07/27/2013 4:32:32 AM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: meyer

Too many in the RepubLICKan big business wing are perfectly happy to be a permanent minority as long as they get a fair share of the goodies bestowed by their Uncle Sugar.


15 posted on 07/27/2013 4:37:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: IbJensen

Next he’s going to sponsor a bill banning flag burning.

Phony hack.


16 posted on 07/27/2013 4:54:41 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: IbJensen

Other than abortion, what good is he? Another Republican who is really a democrat except for holding the line on abortion. (somewhat)

I’ll stay home rather than vote for him.


17 posted on 07/27/2013 5:08:03 AM PDT by I want the USA back (We live in a fascist dictatorship, thanks to half the public having its head up its a$$.)
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To: IbJensen

Zzzzz.

Is he gone yet?


18 posted on 07/27/2013 5:44:59 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: newnhdad

“Marco who?”

Senator Marco Rino!


19 posted on 07/27/2013 5:54:06 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: IbJensen

Meh...a Cafeteria Conservative at best....


20 posted on 07/27/2013 6:05:55 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Gaffer

You are correct sir.

And acceptance ofnillegal immigration is worse than anytimg else BO is perpetraying on our country.

Either he or his puppet masters are pulling the strings on it while people look the other way

Those who are for itarecompromised orbribably greedy or both.

But they cannot be botheorking to protect and defent the Constitution and be for this illegal take over


21 posted on 07/27/2013 6:28:54 AM PDT by stanne
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To: IbJensen

Squirrel!!! (I heard Congress referred to as a ‘whore house’ last night. The speaker was dead on. They are whores...all of them.)


22 posted on 07/27/2013 6:30:33 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: stanne

Little keyboards big typos


23 posted on 07/27/2013 6:30:40 AM PDT by stanne
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To: IbJensen
Throwing conservatives a bone? Bad Rubio.....smack.

He's really caught on to DC's games pretty quickly.

24 posted on 07/27/2013 6:32:55 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Beagle8U

Marco Rubio, R (illegals)...


25 posted on 07/27/2013 6:32:59 AM PDT by stanne
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To: newnhdad

Marco Who-bio!


26 posted on 07/27/2013 6:36:12 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: IbJensen

The only thing Rubio feels strongly about is repairing the fatal damage he has inflicted on his reputation with true conservatives because of his immigration fiasco. Too little - too late.


27 posted on 07/27/2013 6:55:40 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: I want the USA back

Right, because abortion is not the most important issue.


28 posted on 07/27/2013 6:56:41 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: IbJensen
Why didn't you sponsor a bill to outlaw all abortion?

Doesn't matter. Congress has no Constitutional authority to regulate abortion.

29 posted on 07/27/2013 7:02:46 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The imposition of a duty on the importation of a commodity burdens the consumers. --Ludwig Von Mises)
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To: IbJensen
 photo 1f4b470b5accd4a2564375bdbe7a6a8d_zpsab237de8.jpg Jump back into the box where you belong, it ain't working for ya'.
30 posted on 07/27/2013 7:18:29 AM PDT by RetSignman (Standing my ground against group think.)
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To: IbJensen

While I understand how incrementalism can eventually work, and seems better than nothing, or the best you can get at the time, the words of Mark Crutcher, founder of Life Dynamics, really struck a chord with me.

“and THEN you kill the baby”.

In other words, any law which after you meet all it’s requirements, if you can still say “and THEN you kill the baby”, it isn’t an anti abortion law worth supporting. Like so called partial birth abortion. Banning it, while sounding good, does nothing. You just kill the baby a different way.

http://prolifeamerica.com/
http://www.lifedynamics.com/
http://www.klanparenthood.com/


31 posted on 07/27/2013 7:48:09 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: IbJensen

You forgot the most important point...the part of the bill which states no court may even take a case relating to the topic.

Otherwise, it’d be another instance of judicial activism and Congress just throws up their hands “Well, we TRIED”


32 posted on 07/27/2013 8:31:31 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: IbJensen

He thinks this will take our minds off his immigration backstabbing.


33 posted on 07/27/2013 9:53:20 AM PDT by zeugma (Be a truechimer, not a falseticker!)
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