THE CAMPAIGN: On Abortion, the Bishops v. the Deacon

The first week of the election campaign was dominated by a delicate, emotionally charged issue that scarcely fitted into presidential politics. The issue was abortion. Almost everywhere that Jimmy Carter went, small but disruptive bands of right to lifers trailed him, hectoring the Democrat because he refuses to support a constitutional amendment outlawing such operations. Meanwhile, President Ford invited six Catholic bishops into the White House and, in a 72-min. meeting, reiterated his support for a constitutional amendment that would allow each state to decide whether or not to ban abortion;...

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