Florida Senate: Where Do Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy Stand on Abortion?

State   |   Karen Cross   |   Sep 14, 2016   |   6:50PM   |   Washington, DC

Every election year, National Right to Life publishes downloadable comparison flyers about the various Senate candidates. The downloadable version for Florida’s “Where do the Senate Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here.

The candidates have very different views on abortion. Here is an overview of their positions on abortion-related issues.

Abortion on Demand

Marco Rubio is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand, and supports protection for unborn children. He has maintained a 100 percent pro-life voting record during his entire term in the U.S. Senate.

In contrast, Patrick Murphy supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

Marco Rubio co-sponsored and voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

Patrick Murphy voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).

Marco Rubio supports the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, a bill to ban a common and brutal method of abortion in which the living unborn child is torn apart limb from limb.

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Patrick Murphy is a co-sponsor of H.R. 448, a bill that, if enacted, would invalidate nearly all state and federal limitations on abortion.

Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Marco Rubio is a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 582), a bill that would enact a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.

In contrast, Patrick Murphy is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2972, a bill that would mandate coverage of abortion without limitation in Medicaid and other federally funded health programs.

Protecting Babies Born Alive During Abortion

Marco Rubio is a co-sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 2066), a bill to provide legal protection for babies who survive abortions.

Patrick Murphy voted against passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Roll Call No. 506, 9/18/2015).

Government Funding for Abortion Providers

Marco Rubio voted for passage of a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 3762) that would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, while Patrick Murphy voted against it.

Obama’s Health Care Law

Marco Rubio voted to repeal Obamacare, including the provision that has resulted in federal funding of about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortion. He is committed to reversing the abortion-expanding and rationing effects of that law.

In contrast, Patrick Murphy supports Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care.

A downloadable version of the Florida Senate comparison flyer may be found here.

LifeNews Note: Karen Cross is the political director for the National Right to Life Committee.

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