Pressing the Abortion Issue

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Ferraro's stand is attacked by bishops, defended by Democrats

Rather than fading, the divisive issue intensified. Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro found herself under seemingly concerted attack by Roman Catholic bishops for failing to embrace the church's position on abortion. Presidential Candidate Walter Mondale ran into a buzz saw of antiabortion demonstrators in the Deep South and felt compelled to defend his religious beliefs. Despite evidence to the contrary, Vice President George Bush said that he could not recall supporting any type of federal funding for abortion in his primary race against Ronald Reagan four years ago. The...

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