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She singled out Planned Parenthood, which performs more abortions than any other provider in the nation.

Former Rep. Mike Pence, who was elected governor of Indiana in November, introduced the bill in the 112th Congress, but it died in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The proposal has exceptions for abortions performed in cases of rape, incest against a minor and where the mother’s physical well-being is at stake.


Tribes try to raise funding for Inauguration presence

RIVERTON — The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes are trying to raise money to send a group of drummers and dancers to Washington so Wyoming isn’t without representation at next week’s presidential inaugural parade.

Northern Arapaho tribal liaison Gary Collins said Monday that the Presidential Inaugural Committee contacted him to let him know that Wyoming would be the only state not represented at the parade to mark President Obama’s second swearing-in ceremony unless he was able organize a last-minute delegation.

Mr. Collins reached out to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, and they have organized a group of at least 15 dancers and drummers from the Wind River Reservation, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state.

Mr. Collins said he contacted business groups, the oil and gas industry and fundraisers in Jackson. No one has committed to donating some of the $35,000 needed, but nobody has turned him down either. An account has been set up at Atlantic City Federal Credit Union to accept donations.

“We’re on pins and needles right now,” he said.


After trip, GOP leader optimistic on Afghanistan

The Senate minority leader says he is optimistic about Afghanistan and favors a residual U.S. force of about 10,000 after combat troops leave next year.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, spoke with reporters Monday after completing his seventh trip to the country. He traveled with Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Ted Cruz of Texas and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

Mr. McConnell said after meetings with military leaders, including Gen. John Allen, that he left the country with a genuine sense of optimism.

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