- Rubio does not specify abortion restrictions that must be upheld by the GOP-controlled Senate.
- He called himself a “life advocate” and voted to limit abortion in the second half of pregnancy.
- Republicans have not unified their approach to abortion.
Miami – Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida will not commit to a specific abortion ban when asked on Saturday what type of restrictions it should promise to provide if Republicans take control of Congress in November.
Instead, he emphasized that he “supports life” and predicted that “each state will have different laws.” Florida’s law bans abortion after 15 weeks goes into effect on July 1, but this week Oklahoma passed a full ban on abortion.
Rubio faces re-election in November and his answer suggests that the GOP has not yet decided which approach to implement as it seeks to expand an ultra-thin minority in the Senate during the November midterm elections.
The Supreme Court draft leaked from Politico brought the issue to the fore in a critical election year as the Supreme Court was poised to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion.
Republicans have long said Roe should be overthrown and have supported a ban on abortions of any kind. However, it is unclear whether Roe will pursue an all-out ban or a more gradual approach if overturned.
Some, such as Republican Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa, are making a six-week ban. According to the Washington Post. Others have pointed out that the state should lead. When Republicans recently took control of the Senate, they introduced legislation that would restrict abortions in the second half of pregnancy, including a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks. The bill was rejected because it did not have the 60 votes it needed to pass.
When asked what specific bills Republicans should support, Rubio said “That’s not the way it’s going to work,” stressing that lawmakers should wait for an official Supreme Court ruling.
President Joe Biden will veto any bill restricting abortion, but Republicans can unite behind a ban that could be passed if Republicans were elected president in 2024.
Meanwhile, House Democrats joined Roe and united in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that lifts state restrictions. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer forced a vote on the bill on May 5, but it was rejected by Republicans and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia.
Former Vice President Biden has urged voters to go to polling places on the matter to “choose more senators and support the majority in the House of Representatives.”
Rubio’s remarks came during a press conference at the Trump National Doral. received It was approved by the Florida Police Benevolent Association, but was asked questions from reporters on other topics.
The senator pointed out that personal views on abortion may differ from what is politically feasible. Rubio, a Catholic, previously said: he believes “Life begins with pregnancy.”
“I support life, I believe that human life deserves protection, and I am in favor of laws that protect it,” he said. In different chambers depending on who votes.”
Even if Republicans get a majority in the Senate, it will still need 60 votes to pass a ban on abortion. Senate Minority Leader McConnell initially said a national ban was “possible”, but later said He won’t do that by repealing the filibuster. That means lowering the voting threshold for passing major bills by 51 votes.
Since the Supreme Court leaked, Democrat campaigns have pressured Republicans whether to support a ban on abortion even in rape and incest, and Republican campaigns have pressured Democrats whether they think abortion should be allowed even at the final stage. Pregnant.
vote show Neither position is popular, and less than 1% of abortions occur in these circumstances.
A failed Women’s Health Protection Act would provide an undefined “health” exemption for viable post-viable abortion. Democrat Val Demings of Florida, who will face Rubio in November, said Rubio was “extremist“I voted in favor of abortion and voted in favor of the Abortion Rights Act.
On Saturday, Rubio called the bill “radical and outrageous.”
The Supreme Court previously held that in 1973 Doe v. The Bolton ruling defined a post-survival exemption, which subsequently allowed abortion to protect emotional and psychological health as well as physical health. This decision also allowed doctors to consider family circumstances and age.
Florida law would allow abortion later if the pregnancy could be life-threatening, could result in serious injury, or if there was a fatal abnormality in the fetus. There is no immunity for rape, incest or human trafficking. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Republican, has avoided questions about whether abortion should be further restricted.