Abortion back at forefront ahead of 2014 elections

July 14, 2013
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FILE - In this July 11, 2013, file photo, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, center, speaks during a news conference outside the Senate Chambers in Austin, Texas. A Senate committee on Thursday pushed through new abortion restrictions, setting up a Senate vote before the weekend to send it to Gov. Rick Perry. The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Having no immediate hope to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Republicans in capitols around the country have accelerated their push for legislative restrictions on the procedure, and Democrats say they’ll make the GOP pay in coming elections. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans have no immediate hope of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's decades-old decision legalizing abortion, so they're increasingly pushing legislation to restrict the procedure.

That has Democrats saying they'll make the GOP pay in coming elections.

From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have advanced a range of ideas that include banning nearly all abortions beyond the 20th week after conception; making abortion clinics follow regulations for surgical care; mandating that clinic physicians have admitting privileges at local hospitals; and requiring women to get ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy.