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Republicans see late-term abortion bills as a potent 2020 political issue

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the 2020 election, Republicans in Washington and state capitals are honing in on one of the most emotionally charged parts of the abortion debate: those procedures conducted late in a pregnancy.

Opponents of abortion hope that their effort will mobilize conservatives and bolster Republican victories next year, potentially giving President Donald Trump more opportunities to make Supreme Court appointments who would reverse or erode the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision.

On Capitol Hill, House Republicans have spent weeks trying to force a vote on an anti-abortion bill that would require medical professionals to provide care to a baby born during an attempted abortion. The measure, which carries a criminal penalty, is designed to highlight abortions conducted late in a pregnancy.

Abortion-rights groups call the bill a political stunt, saying current law already ensures that all babies born receive medical care and

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