Senator Marco Rubio Blocks Vote on Joe Biden’s Radically Pro-Abortion USAID Nominee

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2021   |   7:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Today, Senator Marco Rubio blocked a Senate vote on the latest pro-abortion nominee from Joe Biden.

Rubio is delaying a vote in the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the nomination of Atul Gawande to serve as assistant administrator of the Bureau for Global Public Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The pro-life senator from Florida says Gawande would have tremendous influence over America’s global family planning and reproductive health programs and pointed out how Gawande has defended gruesome partial-birth aboritons, which are now illegal.

Gawande previously defended the grotesque and barbaric procedure of partial birth abortion, writing, “[w]hether the fetus is in the womb or out, big or small, does not matter, either.”

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“Atul Gawande’s defense of infanticide is disqualifying,” Rubio said. “Infanticide should be condemned, not celebrated, but Gawande’s radical, anti-life views are becoming mainstream in today’s Democratic Party. President Biden should withdraw Gawande’s nomination and replace him with someone who is committed to upholding the agency’s mission of saving lives.”

“I never thought I would see the day America had government officials who openly support legal infanticide,” Rubio wrote in 2019. “Democrats are now the party of abortion on demand and at any point in a pregnancy.”

“Grossness is not a good objection,” wrote Atul Gawande in a 1998 Slate op-ed. “Lots of operations are gross–leg amputations, burn surgery, removal of facial tumors, etc. But that does not make them wrong.”

A partial birth abortion is one in which an abortion doctor delivers a living baby until the baby’s head is outside the mother’s body, then punctures the back of the baby’s head, “removing the baby’s brains,” according to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that the Supreme Court upheld to ban the horrific abortion procedure.

Biden’s Health and Human Services Director Xavier Becerra has repeatedly refused to acknowledge that partial-birth abortions are illegal.

Gawande also describes a partial birth abortion in gruesome detail in his 1998 op-ed, acknowledging that late-term abortions are “disturbing” since the unborn baby is ” big now–like a fully formed child.”

“Partial-birth abortion is, if anything, less grotesque,” he wrote, comparing partial birth abortion to Dilation and Evacuation procedures. “The fetus is delivered feet first. To get the large head out, the doctor cuts open a hole at the base of the fetus’s skull and inserts tubing to suck out the brain, which collapses the skull.”