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Sen. McConnell Pledges To Limit Abortion Rights if He Becomes Majority Leader

Sen. McConnell Pledges To Limit Abortion Rights if He Becomes Majority Leader

June 30, 2014 — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Saturday vowed to work to limit abortion rights if Republicans win control of the Senate in the November election, The Hill reports.

At the National Right To Life Convention in Kentucky, McConnell accused Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of blocking a vote on a bill (S 1670) that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy (Devaney, The Hill, 6/28). McConnell said that he would push that legislation through if he becomes majority leader.

Also during the event, McConnell called for passage of legislation that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus.

McConnell also said, "In less than six months the American people will decide if Barack Obama spends the last two years of his presidency with the same Democratic-controlled Senate that he's had six years or if he will finally be forced to listen to the public on the cause that's brought us all here this morning."

McConnell's office did not respond to a question from the Louisville Courier-Journal about whether the senator would support legislation that prohibited abortions in the case of rape, incest or if the woman's health or life were in danger (Gerth, Louisville Courier-Journal, 6/29).