McConnell: I'd fight to limit abortions

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) promised Saturday to focus more attention on limiting abortions if Republicans take control of the Senate in November.

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Speaking to the National Right to Life Convention in his home state of Kentucky, the Senate's top Republican suggested Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has blocked the upper-chamber from voting on bills that would limit women's rights to abortion, according to conservative website Townhall.com.

But McConnell said he would push abortion-limiting legislation to pressure President Obama to take a stand on the issue.

"For six years, the president has been isolated from this growing movement," McConnell said. "He will be forced to listen to the cause that's brought us all here this morning. Senate Dems would be forced to take a stand." 

McConnell said he would be a "better scheduler" than Reid, accusing the Senate leader of blocking a vote on a bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.

"The guy you're looking at might be a better scheduler," McConnell joked.

"I'm proud of my record and defense of life," he said. "If I was majority leader, we'd already have had a vote on it in the Senate. It's long past time for us to join the ranks of most other civilized nations to protect children past 20 weeks in the womb."