A Day of Reckoning on Roe

The high court faces the abortion question -- and asks a few

Both inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court last week, the endless argument over abortion came to a critical confrontation. Outside there was a | raucous standoff on the courthouse steps and plaza, where some 200 demonstrators, pro and con, sang, chanted and shouted. Inside, where the noise could not penetrate, the nine Justices were assembled to hear arguments in William L. Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, a case that could leave in tatters the pivotal Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. In both places many of the issues were the same. But inside, though the language was...

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