Setback for the New Right

Congress shies from abortion and other hot social issues

Their day had finally come. After years of exile on the fringe of American politics, after stunning victories in the 1980 elections, after almost two years of impatient waiting while the Administration and Congress focused on economic matters, the New Right and its allies at last had a fighting chance to pass the most controversial item on their social agenda: legislation to ban abortion. But after three futile attempts to muster the votes necessary to choke off a liberal filibuster, the most conservative Senate in more than a generation abandoned the effort and...

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