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The right to abortion: War of attrition

It has long been under assault in many individual American States. Now Donald Trump's Washington is joining in the attack

By Dahlia Lithwick   March 2017

March for Women's Lives rally in Washington in 1992, held as a response to the then-pending US Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood vs Casey ©MARK REINSTEIN/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES

Throughout most of last year, reproductive rights activists could not have been faulted for believing they had won America’s abortion wars once and for all. In February, Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court’s most vociferous pro-life justice, died unexpectedly, leaving a court often lodged at 5-4 on social issues in a new 4-4 equipoise. Hillary Clinton was ahead in the polls…

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