Abortion: Politicians' Nightmare


Last summer, when the Supreme Court ruled that some state regulation of abortion was permissible, anti-abortion activists were ecstatic. Their ecstasy soon turned to concern, however, as they watched their opponents use the decision as a catalyst. Now, far from seizing the opportunity to restrict abortion further, most politicians are running away from the explosive issue altogether. The public would like it to go away, too, having already made up its mind. But activists on both sides are itching for battle, and they will get one in many places. Abortion is likely to play a substantial role in the 1990 political year.

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