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House Republicans promote 20-week abortion ban

WASHINGTON (AP) -

House Republican who oppose abortion are promoting legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

These Republicans want to move ahead despite recent court decisions that have struck down similar state laws. And the GOP lawmakers are taking on their own leadership, which has shown little desire to have votes on contentious social issues.

GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona says he believes there's a "good chance" that his bill would see action in the full House this year.

Franks and others says the legislation would gain momentum from the recent murder conviction of a Philadelphia abortion provider in the deaths of three babies who were born alive and then killed.

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