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Abortion Debate Engulfs Senate as Government Shutdown Looms

A bill to set limits on abortion has been blocked in the U.S. Senate, the latest chapter in an emotionally-charged battle over reproductive rights that could provoke a partial government shutdown October 1.   Senate Democrats banded together to prevent debate on a bill mandating criminal penalties for doctors who terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation — so-called late-term abortions.   “This bill is just one part of a sustained assault on women’s access to...

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