Nation: SUPREME COURT Gagging the Clinics

SUPREME COURT Gagging the Clinics The Justices did not disturb the constitutional right to an abortion but made it illegal to discuss the procedure in federally funded centers "Government . . . may validly choose to fund childbirth over abortion." -- CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST, THE MAJORITY OPINION "This is a course nearly as noxious as overruling Roe directly . . ." -- JUSTICE HARRY BLACKMUN, IN DISSENT

When politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, latched on to the abortion issue as the sort of emotional question that extracts votes and campaign funds from true believers, they unleashed a venomous public argument....

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