Going Against the Grain

When Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, the protests from his New Right constituency were blistering. The furor focused on several votes O'Connor had cast as an Arizona state senator that were interpreted as being proabortion. Therefore, it came as something of a surprise last week when, in the first test of her views on the issue since she joined the brethren 21 months ago, O'Connor wrote a blunt dissent to the court's opinion that reaffirmed the right to abortion.

While the antiabortion...

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