McConnell vows Senate will vote on 20-week abortion ban
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden US could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown 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 GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback 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 AyotteSununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP dealt 2022 blow, stares down Trump-era troubles Sununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority MORE (R-N.H.) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDuckworth announces reelection bid Brave new world: Why we need a Senate Human Rights Commission  Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls MORE (R-Ill.), both of whom are up for reelection in blue-leaning states, as well more moderate Republicans, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Real relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron 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.”