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November 7, 2013 - 7:13 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate today, prompting a trio of Democrats to plan late-morning floor speeches to tell him they’ll block the bill.

Graham plans to announce his bill, joined by pro-life leaders, at an 11:30 a.m. press conference. The senator estimates the legislation would save 15,000 lives each year by banning abortion after 20 weeks.

The act would make it illegal for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion without first making a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child. There are exceptions for the life of the mother, rape, and incest involving a minor.

Violators who perform such an abortion could face up to five years in prison. The woman seeking the abortion faces no penalties.

Companion legislation passed the House in June by a vote of 228-196.

Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) promptly planned a colloquy for late morning on the Senate floor “to make clear that a politically motivated bill that would severely restrict women’s access to reproductive care is a non-starter in the Senate,” according to Murray’s office.

The trio branded the bill as “an abortion ban that is being championed by right-wing special interest groups as part of their nationwide campaign to restrict women’s health care access.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Ah, yes, re-election coming up soon. Time to pull out the fake-conservative, never-gonna-pass-anyway canard to "prove" your conservative bona fides, eh, McGrahamnesty?

This game the RINOs always play just before their next campaign is getting really, really old.

Since Harry Reid blocks every serious conservative bill and amendment every time from even getting to the floor, why is this one being allowed to be debated? Because it's a win-win for both he and Graham. Graham gets to make himself look conservative, helping his campaign and giving Reid "one of the Republicans he can work with" in the 2014 Congress, and also handing him lots of new ammo in the faux "war on wymmyn" that will be trotted out again early next year.
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Why doesn't the press refer to anti-reproductive care?
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