After losing a great deal of approval during his immigration reform failings, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is planning to shift his focus to abortion legislation. Just like the bill before the Texas Senate, Rubio wants to ban abortion after 20 weeks.
The limit is based on the belief that fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks. Some studies dispute this idea, claiming that fetuses do not feel anything until late pregnancy. The bill, however, would lift the ban after 20 weeks for victims of rape or incest or when a medical condition puts the mother’s like at risk, the Weekly Standard reported.
While Rubio’s bill would likely never get past the Democrat-controlled Senate, his sudden support for the abortion measure definitely thrusts him into the spotlight for a presidential run in 2016 — if everyone has forgotten the fateful water bottle-gate.
While ThinkProgress reported that abortions after 20 weeks are particularly rare, a similar ban was passed in the House in June.
Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, argued before the House Rules Committee in June that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act should ban at 15 weeks.
“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” Burgess told the commitee. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?”