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Rubio's entrance into abortion fight provokes sharp reactions

Sen. Marco Rubio's entrance into the abortion debate, by offering a proposed ban similar to one being debated in Texas, has raised sharp reactions on both sides.

In an interview Wednesday with the Washington Post, National Right to Life Committee legislative director Douglas Johnson: “We think Rubio would be a wonderful sponsor. He’s a strongly pro-life senator and he’s already stepped forward on pro-life legislation.”

A story on Salon.com (headline: Marco Rubio’s pathetic Rick Perry moment) read, "Perry, like Rubio, hurt himself with the GOP base by being comparatively decent on immigration reform, defending a Texas version of the DREAM act, as Mitt Romney and his other rivals demagogued the issue and backed “self-deportation.”

This afternoon, Florida Dems weighed in. "The Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to choose over 40 years ago, and Americans are tired of watching Marco Rubio and the GOP fight an ideological war to turn back the clock on women's rights. Floridians are looking to Congress for action to strengthen our economy, but it's clear that Republicans would rather pursue their extreme social agenda. Rubio's attack shows contempt women's right to make this personal decision with their family and their physician," said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant.

Rubio has talked about abortion before, so he's not fresh to the issue. But the juxtaposition of this new venture with his work on immigration, and the beating he is taking from some conservatives, cannot be ignored.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 3:33pm]

    

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