- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Anti-abortion leaders are planning a rally outside Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s office in Charlotte to highlight her position on proposed abortion legislation.

At issue is federal legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. The Republican-House has passed it, but it’s being blocked by Senate Democrats who say it’s an assault on a woman’s right to choose.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would be a direct challenge to the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions up to the time a fetus becomes viable - generally considered to be 24 weeks.

The North Carolina anti-abortion groups say evidence shows fetuses can feel pain after five months.

Hagan is locked in a race with Republican state House speaker Thom Tillis.


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