Answers to Some Accusations

With this nomination, the Administration has effectively said, 'Goodbye, we don't need you.' " That was the angry complaint of Mrs. Connaught Marshner, head of the National Pro-Family Coalition, at a Washington press conference, where luminaries of the New Right launched an all-out attack on Ronald Reagan's first nominee to the Supreme Court. Armed with accusations against Sandra O'Connor's record in the Arizona state senate—some of them gleaned from records, others based on insinuation and surmise—the critics charged that she is soft on touchstone social problems like abortion.

None of the charges have anything to do with O'Connor's suitability for a seat...

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