July 8, 2013 — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) this week likely will announce whether he will sponsor legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to a spokesperson, Politico reports.
Last week, a Rubio adviser said that antiabortion-rights groups had asked the lawmaker to sponsor the bill in the Senate but that he "had not made a final decision." The adviser added that a decision was expected after the Independence Day recess.
The House recently passed a similar bill (HR 1797), although such a measure likely would fail in the Senate (Glueck, Politico, 7/3).
According to the Washington Post's "The Fix," one reason Rubio -- a possible 2016 presidential contender -- might back the legislation is to "repair his brand" among social conservatives, who took issue with his support of the Senate's immigration reform bill (Eilperin/Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 7/3).
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Douglas Johnson -- legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee -- told Politico last week that Rubio would be a "wonderful chief sponsor of the bill" and that it would be introduced soon (Politico, 7/3).
Meanwhile, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Democratic-controlled Senate is unlikely to consider legislation restricting abortion rights. "I don't know what Sen. Rubio wants but Senator Reid is not going to bring up this bill," the aide said ("The Fix," Washington Post, 7/3).