Building a Big Tent Around Abortion

There he was again last week, dealing with the "abortion thing." Every year around flu season, the President is called upon to convince a rally of right- to-lifers that he is the best friend of the unborn. So George Bush did it for 90 seconds last Monday, over a loudspeaker by telephone from the Oval Office. His tone was muted, but the message clear: "Let me assure you that this President stands with you on this issue of life."

Bush's abortion record is hardly a model of consistency. When he ran for the 1980 G.O.P. presidential nomination, Bush supported the Supreme...

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