A HOUSE-Senate conference committee has voted to overturn a regulation forbidding doctors and other counselors at federally funded family planning clinics from even mentioning the abortion option to pregnant women. President Bush should drop his support of the offensive "gag rule."
The compromise Congressional provision that would void the gag rule has been "cleaned," stripped of any divisive provisions, in order to garner the widest possible bipartisan support. It is now expected to win overwhelming approval in both houses of Congress -- perhaps by margins that could override a Bush veto.
While abortion is a morally difficult issue for many Americans, the issue raised by the gag rule is not. It is, quite simply: Should a woman's right to complete medical information depend so heavily upon her economic status?