By Justin Sink - 07/03/13 01:07 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will serve as the lead sponsor of a Senate bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to reports Tuesday.
The bill mirrors controversial legislation currently being debated in the Texas state legislature, which has drawn a 13-hour protest from Democrats there and thousands of abortion-rights protestors to Austin. A similar bill passed the House last month.
The version which passed through the House included carve-outs for instances where the mother's life is at risk and for pregnancies that result from rape or incest. While Rubio — thought to be a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 — is likely to draw attention to the legislation, it is unlikely to proceed in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The Texas law has drawn national attention since state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) mounted a 13-hour filibuster late last month, running out the clock on a special session called by Gov. Rick Perry (R) in hopes of passing the 20-week ban. Perry has called a second special session, and Republicans are expected to prevail, which would make Texas the 12th state to implement such a restriction since 2010.
Following passage of the House version of the anti-abortion measure, Democrats blasted the GOP for the focus on social issues.
“Jobs took a backseat today so that House Republicans could exert their radical ideology and roll back women’s rights to the Stone Age,” said Emily Bittner, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “America is tired of watching this Republican Congress wage the same ideological battles they’ve been fighting for years, instead of trying to strengthen our economy or solve our problems. It is clear that this Republican Congress wants partisanship, not progress.”