Religion: Strategy on Abortion

To the Roman Catholic Church, abortion is officially a grave sin. How to combat it effectively is a problem that has been troubling the nation's Catholic bishops ever since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its liberalized ruling on abortion early in 1973. While oft-shrill, heavily Catholic "right-to-life" committees waged political battles against abortion on all fronts, the bishops largely confined themselves to statements reaffirming church teachings and to limited lobbying in support of some kind of constitutional amendment that would nullify the court's action.

All that changed last week as 255 bishops, at...

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