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Abortion and the US election 16 Oct 2008
How important is the issue of abortion in the US elections?

In recent weeks the global economic crisis has dominated the US elections. But one question that Barack Obama and John McCain have had to address is abortion. Abortion has been legal in the US since a decision of the Supreme Court in 1973 – Roe Vs Wade. Since then it has become a key moral issue against which voters of the left and right have measured their elected leaders. The selection of Sarah Palin energised the religious right, but how important will the so-called “values votes” be? And how has the pro-choice campaign responded to the continuing presence of abortion on the political agenda? Jane hears from BBC correspondent Laura Kuenssberg.
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