THE WEEK: JUNE 18-24

JUNE 18-24

NATION

NOT PAGING DR. FOSTER

Succumbing to a lethal combination of abortion politics and presidential aspirations, the nomination of Dr. Henry Foster for Surgeon General died on the Senate floor. Democrats were unable to muster the 60 votes required to force a vote on the nomination, which backers said Foster would have won. Presidential aspirants Bob Dole and Phil Gramm vied to take credit for scuttling the nomination, which became particularly controversial after Foster offered differing accounts of how many abortions he had performed. President Clinton said the vote sent the "chilling message" that the G.O.P. had aligned itself with antiabortion...

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