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GOP changes direction with abortion bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - House Republicans are still pushing legislation to tighten restrictions on federal funding of abortions.

GOP leaders have been wanting to approve legislation that would criminalize most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

On Wednesday, January 21, they fell short of their votes needed to move the bill forward.

Now, they are debating legislation barring taxpayer funding of abortions under the president's health care law.

The original bill criminalizing abortion would allow exemptions to in cases of rape or incest, and when a woman's life was in danger.

It's unlikely the bill will become law due to opposition from President Barack Obama and uncertainty in the Senate.

Republicans say regardless, the bill is an important statement of their priorities.

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