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Republicans pushing bill that would federally ban all abortions after 20 weeks

A woman's right to choose has been one of the main social issues that has dominated American politics and Republicans are planning another push to restrict access to abortion.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questions U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder while Holder testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee
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With the anniversary of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell’s conviction for killing infants who were born alive, Senate Republicans are using that to their advantage to push the "20-week pain capable bill" through the Senate. Leading the charge is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who is advocating for a vote on the bill that has already passed the Republican controlled House and has over 40 votes of support from Republicans in the Senate. If passed, the bill would federally ban all abortions after 20 weeks.

“We’re going to talk about the 20-week pain capable bill, and we’re going to ask Sen. Reid to allow us to have a vote. Sen. Blumenthal has a bill that’s really a top priority of the pro-choice community. So let’s have a vote on both. I think the topic’s worthy of debate. I know he’s very sincere and I’m very sincere. He said every senator needs to be on the record. I agree with that.”

The bill seems to continue the trend of political partisanship with no Democrats lending their support. Graham insists that if put up for a vote, Republicans will "pick up a handful of Democrats."

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