Abortion the Issue Bush Hopes Will Go Away

But Clinton and Perot will try their best to lure pro-choice voters to their side

Though George Bush privately viewed last week's Supreme Court decision on abortion as a political reprieve, his sense of relief will be temporary. The ruling that merely dented the 1973 Roe v. Wade doctrine instead of demolishing it left the President squirming on a barbed-wire fence. His opponents will do all they can to keep him there.

True, the damage would have been more immediate if Roe v. Wade had been overturned, the outcome Bush nominally seeks. That would have outraged pro- choice voters, many of whom supported Bush in 1988 despite his desire to outlaw abortion in most cases. The...

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