McConnell vows Senate will vote on 20-week abortion ban
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate tees up Yemen vote for Tuesday Senate confirms Trump's border chief House leaves out ObamaCare fix from must-pass funding bill MORE pledged Friday that legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy would get a vote in the upper chamber. 

"A bill that protects life after 20 weeks in the womb, a bill that in the past in the Senate couldn't even get a hearing, I promise you will be getting a vote," the Republican leader said in an address at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington. 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed Cornyn: Hearing on McCabe firing would be 'appropriate' McCain: Mueller must be allowed to finish investigation 'unimpeded' MORE (R-S.C.), who is running for president, introduced the legislation earlier this month. The House passed similar legislation last month. 

McConnell, who didn't specify a timeline for bringing up the measure, said the bill is "not only good news for pro-lifers, it's good news for the entire country." 

"It's about time we begin the process of putting America into the ranks of most other civilized countries by protecting unborn children after 20 weeks in the womb. It's high time we did that," he added. "I don't know about you but I think we're failing as a country if the best thing we can offer to a scared young mom to be is a referral to Planned Parenthood." 

While McConnell promised to bring a bill up for a vote, it faces an uphill path to clearing the Senate and would likely face a veto threat from President Obama 

The Senate bill so far has 45 co-sponsors — all Republicans. Missing from the list of supporters are Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteAudit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years No, the US did not spend million on a gas station in Afghanistan MORE (R-N.H.) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (R-Ill.), both of whom are up for reelection in blue-leaning states, as well more moderate Republicans, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHouse leaves out ObamaCare fix from must-pass funding bill Senate considers vote to add ObamaCare fix to spending bill ObamaCare deal in danger of falling out of spending measure over abortion fight MORE (R-Maine.)

Senate Republicans are having to play defense on 24 Senate seats during next year's election, and a vote for the legislation could be used against vulnerable Republicans. 

Graham brushed aside the potential political fallout, telling reporters earlier this month: "Don’t get in politics if you don’t want to talk about things like this.”