THE REAL PARTIAL-BIRTH WAR

STYMIED IN WASHINGTON, ANTIABORTION CRUSADERS HAVE WON VICTORIES IN STATEHOUSE AFTER STATEHOUSE

For most political activists, maneuvering a bill through the twists and turns of Congress is the ultimate act. But for antiabortion activists, last week's overwhelming vote in the House to ban partial-birth abortions was merely a sideshow. They knew President Clinton would veto the bill--and on Friday he did, effectively putting off any more debate until next session. More important, they knew there is another battlefield--statehouses across the country--where, time after time, they are winning the fight.

This year alone, 15 states have outlawed a rarely used procedure known politically as partial-birth abortion and described medically as "intact dilation and extraction."...

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