Groups attack vulnerable Dems on late-term abortion bill

Anti-abortion groups are campaigning against three Democratic Senators in key battleground states who oppose a ban on late-term abortions. 

A coalition of groups including Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council Action, Students for Life of America and the Susan B. Anthony List is traveling to the home states of Sens. Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (Colo.), Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (N.C.) and Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and lobby firm MORE (Ark.) to hit them for opposing a bill banning abortions after five months.

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Last year the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Iran ‘giving Obama the diplomatic finger’ The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP warms to Trump MORE (R-S.C.) has picked it up in the Senate, but the bill has not seen any traction.

“Unfortunately, that legislation has languished in the U.S. Senate, where pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSatanists balk at Cruz comparison Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon Overnight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day MORE and his pro-abortion allies have refused to even allow a vote,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

Republicans are working to retake the Senate during the November midterms, and hitting vulnerable Democrats on the late-term abortion issue has become an important strategy for them and their allies.

The anti-abortion groups will be holding rallies in Colorado, North Carolina and Arkansas next week to raise awareness about the late-term abortion bill and shame the Democratic senators. 

“A federal law is long overdue,” said Dannenfelser. “The United States is only one of seven countries to allow abortion on demand at such a late stage of pregnancy.” 

All three senators are in close races critical to Senate control. Republicans only need to flip six Democratic Senate seats to take control of both houses of Congress.

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