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Marco Rubio leads Senate effort to advance 20 week abortion ban

Senate Republicans Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rob Portman have been meeting discreetly to help advance a measure to ban abortion at 20 weeks and leverage what anti-choice activists are calling a "moment to be very ambitious" as similar bills pass in state Legislatures across the country, the New York Times reports.

The House passed its own 20 week ban last month, but defeat of the measure is almost guaranteed in the Senate.

Still, some Republicans see the issue as an opportunity:

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