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Senate Republicans Seek To Criminalize Abortion After 20-Weeks

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In the Senate, Republicans will vote to criminalize abortions after 20-weeks.

The Senate will soon vote on a bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks following Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's move to debate the Pain-Capable Childhood Protection Act - a move that will surely see a filibuster by Democrats.

After debate on the bill is completed, the Senate will take a vote, likely some time next week. However, it will require 60 votes to stop a Democratic filibuster.

The last time the Senate took up a 20-week abortion ban was in 2015, when three Democratic senators joined Republicans to approve it. However, the motion still failed by a 54-42 vote.

Following last week's March for Life, several Republican senators asked McConnell in a letter to bring a vote on the matter:

"Twenty states have already passed legislation protecting unborn children beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy," the letter said. "A vote would make our constituents immediately aware of the members of Congress who support elective late-term abortions and oppose extending legal protections to pain-capable unborn children nationwide."