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Divisive issue of abortion stalls human trafficking bill

New fight on perennially divisive issue of abortion threatens to sink human trafficking bill

Divisive issue of abortion stalls human trafficking bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's 100 members don't agree on much these days. But they did agree that they want legislation to help the victims of sex trafficking. Then the bill got caught up in the emotional and uncompromising politics of abortion.

Now the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act is stalled, with Democrats insisting that Republicans remove an abortion funding provision and Republicans refusing to do so.

President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is caught in the crossfire, since Republican leaders decided to hold off her confirmation vote until the situation with the sex trafficking bill is resolved.

The stalemate illustrates that when it comes to abortion, other considerations can get sidelined as even the most pragmatic lawmakers get pushed into ideological corners with no easy way out.