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WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for District of Columbia voting rights in Congress will be visiting an Arizona congressman who wants to ban abortion in the nation’s capital after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The activists are planning a “D.C. Constituent Service Day” in Republican Rep. Trent Franks’ office on Wednesday. D.C. Vote, the group organizing the visit, says residents will confront Franks with a variety of municipal concerns since he’s shown such an interest in local affairs.

The abortion bill is being pushed by the National Right to Life Committee, an anti-abortion group. It’s based on the disputed claim that fetuses can feel pain at a gestational age of 20 weeks or older. Eight states have passed similar legislation, and Franks has said Congress has a responsibility to end late-term abortions in the district.

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