Pro-Choice? Get Lost

Antiabortion views are a must at Health and Human Services

After pro-choice voters helped defeat Republican candidates last month in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City, George Bush started sending out the word that the G.O.P. is big enough to accommodate supporters of abortion rights. But pro-choice job applicants will not find the same warm welcome at the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency with the heaviest responsibility for health care and family-policy issues. HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan has become a virtual figurehead, hemmed in by Administration pro- lifers who have made opposition to abortion a litmus test in hiring and policy decisions.

Sullivan's critics say the real...

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