McConnell vows Senate will vote on 20-week abortion ban
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Schumer briefs Democrats on impeachment trial 'mechanics' Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators 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 GrahamTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators 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 AyotteGOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (R-N.H.) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkWhy Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Bottom Line MORE (R-Ill.), both of whom are up for reelection in blue-leaning states, as well more moderate Republicans, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members Collins opposes Trump's district court pick 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.”