A GOP-backed bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks failed to advance in the United States Senate after being blocked by the Democratic minority. The vote ended 54-42, falling short of the 60 votes necessary to move to a vote on legislation.  

Two Republicans — Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) — joined 39 Democrats in voting to stop the measure. Three anti-abortion Democrats — Joe Machin (W. Va.), Robert Casey Jr. (Pa.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) — voted to advance the bill.  

Although Republican leaders knew the bill was unlikely to pass, they saw it as a way to send a message on abortion in the wake of demands from some conservatives that they provoke a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.  

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