Senator Marco Rubio has agreed to be the lead sponsor of a bill that bans all abortions after 20 weeks.
Many agree that Rubio’s name on the bill will garner enormous media attention, thus giving more national visibility to the abortion fight currently being waged by the GOP’s social conservatives. Pro-life groups have urged Rubio to be the public face of the issue, believing he’d be the strongest asset for the bill in the Senate. Several sources have confirmed that he’s agreed.
If true, Rubio’s agreement to play a major role in the abortion fight is bound to spark speculation in regards to his plans for 2016. However, Rubio has been the subject of criticism from many in the GOP for his support of the immigration reform bill that recently passed in the Senate. If anything, his presence with the abortion bill could provide a helpful strategical dynamic to ease concerns about him from GOP voters.
The abortion issue has seemed to provide a boost for far-right GOP politicians, with one beneficiary of that boost being Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who is considering another term as governor or possibly a run for president in 2016.
Perry has come under fire his comments directed at Texas state Senator Wendy Davis in the wake of her famous filibuster of the Texas abortion bill, where he seemingly used her past as a single teenage mother to criticize her pro-choice ideology.
Perry’s poorly-timed comments came on the heels of a resurgence of GOP-ers delving back into their bizarre and ill-informed comments on rape and abortion. At the very least, Rubio’s backing of the bill will take some of the attention away from the fringe element of the GOP that has lost the party too many elections.
Watch an eye-opening report about the extreme newly proposed anti-choice bills in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina, courtesy of The Lawrence O’Donnell Show: