The National Abortion Rights Action League, known as NARAL, islaunching a new offensive against the front-runner in the republicanpresidential sweepstakes. NARAL President Kate Michelman is in Iowa this weekend, meeting withsupporters of abortion rights in hopes of organizing that block of voters.In addition, the group has put up a dozen billboards around the state and isrunning a new slate of radio ads which criticize Texas Governor George W.Bush, the presumptive favorite in the race for the republican party’spresidential nomination.Bush opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when a woman’shealth is endangered by her pregnancy. Michelman says while he’s beenGovernor of Texas, Bush has signed into law at least 13 abortionrestrictions. But Governor Bush has said “America is not ready to banabortions.”Michelman hopes to get voters to focus on the issue as the next President maydecide the fate of Roe v. Wade as he or she will probably appoint at leasttwo new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Michelman admits voters whoshare her views are “less zealous” than opponents of abortion, but shepoints to Bill Clinton’s victories in ’92 and ’96 in which a “gender gap”could partially be attributed to the abortion issue.
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