Abortion ban fails to advance in the Senate

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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.

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