Pro-Abortion Senators Attack Rubio, Try to Stop Late-Term Abortion Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 10, 2013   |   3:21PM   |   Washington, DC

A group of the most ardent abortion advocates in the U.S. Senate are attacking pro-life Sen. Marco Rubio, who is working with pro-life lawmakers to put together the Senate version of the late-term abortion ban.

News reports indicate that are attacking Rubio and hoping to prevent the Senate from voting on the bill.

A trio of liberal senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., plan a pre-emptive strike Wednesday against anti-abortion legislation, with the particular aim of putting the heat on a prospective sponsor and Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Murray and Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will appear with Planned Parenthood leaders from Florida and other states.

They plan to denounce a House-passed bill that would outlaw all abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision set provisions for terminating pregnancies up to 24 weeks.

“The bill, a politically driven attempt to roll back Roe v. Wade, is currently being shopped to Republican senators by right-wing interest groups for introduction in the Senate,” the senators said in an announcement released late Tuesday.

Rubio tells Politico he is not sure if he will be the lead sponsor but he continues to work with pro-life senators to fashion the legislation.

Sen. Marco Rubio is “very supportive” of the effort to introduce a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, and is working with other senators on the bill, he told POLITICO.

“We’ve been meeting with other offices that are also interested in the topic and trying to find legislative language people can coalesce around,” Rubio said Wednesday. “It’s still a work in progress.”

Rubio noted his co-sponsorship of a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia written by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) as evidence that it’s an effort he is very much behind.

“I’m very supportive of it. I’m already on a bill that does it in the D.C. area,” he said. “We”re trying to determine appropriate language that our colleagues can coalesce around, so that’s what we’re working on.”

The bill, if it receives a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate, is not expected to pass and pro-abortion President Barack Obama has issued a veto threat. But pro-life groups hope to use the measure as an election tool in 2014 in an attempt to wrest the Senate from abortion advocates.

A recent national poll by The Polling Company found that, after being informed that there is scientific evidence that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at least by 20 weeks, 64% would support a law banning abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life was in danger.   Only 30% said they would oppose such a law.

During the hearing, former abortion practitioner Anthony Levatino told members of the committee the gruesome details of his former abortion practice and how he became pro-life following the tragic automobile accident of his child.

Another bombshell dropped during the hearing came from Dr. Maureen Condic, who is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She testified that the unborn child is capable of reacting to pain as early as 8-10 weeks. This is when most abortions in America take place.

The committee also saw graphic pictures of babies who were killed by Douglas Karpen, who is considered the second Kermit Gosnell.