The Senate will vote on legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks as a way to pacify enraged abortion opponents who are calling for an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood, according to a key GOP leader.
Leadership in both the House and the Senate has steadfastly rejected calls to remove Planned Parenthood funding from a spending bill that needs to be passed by Sept. 30 to keep the government running, saying they will not take legislative action that could result in a shutdown.
“I think that [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] is going to put the 20-Week Pain-Capable bill on the floor and then I think there’ll be obviously a big vote, something that the pro-life community is very passionate about getting a vote on,” Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber, said in an interview. ”I think it’s going to be very difficult on the funding issue simply because if we do what … some of our folks are talking about doing, you end up with a bad outcome.”
The bill that will be voted on is the one sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham and introduced earlier this year, according to a GOP aide. There is “no firm timeframe yet,” he added. A similar bill was passed in the House in May.