Can Pro-Choicers Prevail?

Feminists squabble over strategy for protecting abortion rights

A Roman general once said he could live without a friend but not without an enemy. The same assertion could be made about the women's movement, which won just enough concessions in the 1960s and '70s to induce a sense of complacency. A new generation of college-educated women, having never witnessed a female Phi Beta Kappa being told to make the coffee, considered radical feminism as outdated as Gloria Steinem's aviator glasses. By the presidential campaign of 1988, George Bush could flirt with the idea of recriminalizing abortion, knowing the women's movement was not strong enough to retaliate at the polls.


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