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Abortion politics
If Americans needed a reminder of how divisive the issue of abortion is, they got one in the recent debate between Republican presidential candidates. When Rudolf Giuliani endorsed the option of choosing abortion but also observed that it would be “OK” if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, his effort to find middle ground on this contentious issue was widely seen as a clumsy attempt to ride the fence.

For over two decades, pro-life and pro-choice forces have been so well funded, so well organized, and so firmly entrenched in the political battlefield that they have created a stalemate. While the political rhetoric of the battle remains heated, especially on the campaign trail, little has happened in Congress or the courts to alter the fundamental political realities defined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that outlined the right to an abortion.


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