Flip-Flop: The A.B.A. drops pro-choice

The A.B.A. drops pro-choice

Conventions of the American Bar Association are usually about as exciting as, well, a gathering of lawyers. Not this time. Last week the A.B.A.'s House of Delegates voted 200 to 188 to rescind the organization's pro-choice position. The group, which had adopted the pro-choice stance only last February, passed a resolution stating that the issue is "extremely divisive" and that the A.B.A. would take no official stand on it.

The A.B.A. had decided to reconsider after 1,500 of its 360,000 members quit in protest, costing the organization $300,000 in dues. The vote was a victory for pro-life forces, who had waged...

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