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House GOP, facing opposition, cancels debate on 20-week abortion limit
House GOP, facing opposition, cancels debate on 20-week abortion limit

In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill that would criminalize virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision came on the eve of the annual March for Life, when thousands of antiabortion demonstrators stream to Washington to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. It also came with GOP leaders eager to show unity and an ability by the new Republican-led Congress to govern efficiently. Republican leaders had planned that the House would pass the legislation on Thursday. It would ban most abortions after...

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