House Republicans demand Senate vote on abortion bill

House Republicans are calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) to hold a vote on legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks.

More than 100 House members urged Reid to bring up the bill from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) in a letter Monday.

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Graham is facing a primary election next week and has touted his anti-abortion measure as a way to distinguish himself from six challengers.

Republican lawmakers argued Graham's bill deserves a vote to mark the anniversary of Kermit Gosnell's conviction on murder charges stemming from three botched abortions.

Gosnell, now serving multiple life sentences, was a Philadelphia doctor whose case has become a rallying cry for abortion-rights opponents.

"Abortion hurts women and kills their children, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Gosnell case," the House Republicans lawmakers wrote.

"Had Gosnell decapitated these babies while still in utero, only moments earlier, he would have, in many places nationwide, been performing an entirely legal procedure. ... If America truly understands that horrifying reality, hearts and laws will change."

The letter was spearheaded by Rep. Trent FranksTrent FranksGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Debt-ceiling gambit stirs GOP debate GOP rep shares story of brother with Down syndrome, condemns abortions MORE (R-Ariz.), who authored a similar 20-week ban that passed the House last June.

The effort is unlikely to spur action in the Senate.