The Nation: A Vote on Abortion

This spring, George McGovern squirmed uncomfortably over the issue of abortion. After his opponents criticized him for favoring legalized abortions McGovern changed his stand and said that the issue should be left for the states to decide. Richard Nixon never had a doubt. He has resolutely opposed legalized abortion and defended "the sanctity of human life."

It may be that both candidates—whatever their moral scruples—are miscalculating the issue's political reverberations. Last week a Gallup Poll found that 64% of all Americans are actually in favor of legalized abortions, with Republicans more in favor...

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