The Nation: Flare-Up Over Abortion

No poll rates it as one of the major concerns of American voters. Yet for those who do feel passionately about it—and millions of Americans of all religious and political persuasions do—abortion has already developed into one of the most emotion-laden and explosive issues of the campaign. Last week it flared again as Jimmy Carter underwent an hour's grilling in Washington by six leading Roman Catholic bishops. By seeming to be rattled by them and expressing a willingness to trim his position, he has guaranteed that the issue will continue to haunt him.


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