Nation: New Limits on Abortion

Congress finds a compromise, and the right-to-lifers come out ahead

Five years ago, the right-to-life movement was reeling from the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions in the first six months of pregnancy. But the antiabortionists have made a spectacular recovery. Last week they demonstrated their political muscle by winning—or at least partly winning —an important battle when the House and Senate voted restrictions on Government-paid abortions. If the new measure had been in effect in 1976, it would have ruled out two-thirds of the 260,000 abortions that were financed by the federal-state Medicaid...

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