Senate Eyeing Vote on 20-week Abortion Ban

The Senate could vote this month on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, amid a continued firestorm over Planned Parenthood funding.
“There’s going to be a number of things,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters Thursday. “Senator McConnell’s already talked about some pro-life legislation he’ll be filing for cloture on at the end of next week.”
Asked whether the 20-week abortion ban would be moved, Cornyn said, “That’s certainly one of them, but it’s not limited to that.”
“There’s a plan we’re working on and it’s in progress,” he added.
Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said McConnell has called for the vote to come sometime this fall but hasn’t announced a schedule beyond that.
A vote this month on the 20-week abortion ban billcould help divert anti-abortion energy away from a riskier government funding fight over Planned Parenthood.