RU-486 and the Politics of Abortion

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The United States has legalized the so-called "abortion pill," RU-486-thus re-igniting one of the nation's most explosive medical, moral and political controversies. Today on our program, we'll look at some of the questions that will be hashed out in the next few weeks and months. Will abortion really become as easy as taking a pill? Will the number of abortions increase, and if it seems "too easy," will support for abortion continue? What will the impact be on the presidential campaign?
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Warren Olney