A Gag Rule On Abortion

New regulations create a furor

In his State of the Union address last month, Ronald Reagan reiterated an old battle cry. "Let us unite as a nation and protect the unborn," he urged. Within days, the Administration took action, announcing new regulations that will prohibit federally funded family-planning clinics from even mentioning abortion. The restrictions, which would affect 4,000 clinics and 4.3 million patients a year, were attacked last week not only by abortion advocates but by civil liberties groups and a host of medical organizations, some of which filed suit against the Government. The regulations, charged Rachel Pine of the A.C.L.U., would "turn a public...

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