NEWSFLASH: Rubio to Introduce Anti-Abortion Bill in Senate

marco rubioJust when it seems that anti-abortion advocates have done enough this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has agreed to introduce a bill in the Senate that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. A likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Rubio is expected to announce his sponsorship of the bill after the July 4 congressional recess.

This comes after the House passed a similar measure by a vote of 228-196 last month. The ridiculously titled Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)

Rubio’s anti-abortion bill is not expected to pass the Senate, and President Obama would veto it should it make it to his desk. The point of the bill seems to be to gain support for Republicans from conservative GOP voters. In any case, it continues the War on Women by once again trying to limit women’s choices in their reproductive care and subvert the legal right to abortion embodied in Roe v. Wade.


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Natasha Turner is a freelance journalist and editor based in London and a former Ms. editorial intern.