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Abortion ban fails to advance in the Senate

On Monday, the Senate halted legislation passed last fall by the House that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

It needed 60 votes to pass, but received just 51, with Republicans Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) joining most Democrats to oppose the bill; Democrats Bob Casey (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) voted in favor. The legislation passed in the House mostly along party lines.

Supporters of the measure argue that abortion after 20 weeks should be banned in the U.S. like it is in other countries, while opponents argue the procedure is rare and mostly done in situations where the life of the woman is in jeopardy. President Trump supported the legislation and said he'd sign it into law.