Reproductive Rights Again an Issue on National StagePosted: July 10, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio (FL), one of the rising stars of the Republican Party, has made waves recently with his involvement in immigration reform. Now it seems that he may be looking to appease unhappy extreme social conservatives with upcoming anti-choice legislation.
Sen. Rubio was recently approached by national anti-choice organizations to take the lead on the Senate counterpart of the restrictive so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that passed the House in June. Although he has not made any official moves, reports have indicated since last week that Sen. Rubio will likely agree to sponsor the bill seeking to ban abortion at 20 weeks.
The potential bill will likely gain favor for Sen. Rubio among extreme conservative party leaders, especially as the next presidential election looms on the horizon. Apart from political gain, though, the bill serves little purpose. Democrats, who control the Senate, have already made it clear that the legislation will not pass, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated that the bill may not even get so much as committee discussion.
Sadly, it seems that once again women’s health is being used as a political tool, further emphasizing the need for Republicans to return to their small government, liberty-driven roots and stay out of doctors’ offices; reproductive rights should not fall victim to the political aspirations of a small group of men.