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Antiabortion forces may be losing steam

Those who helped defeat an antiabortion constitutional amendment say the ''pro-life'' movement has crested. The winners now have set their sights on restoring federal funding for the poor who want abortions.

The Senate voted 50-49 Tuesday - far short of the necessary two-thirds majority -against the proposed amendment that would have reversed the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and turned the matter back to the states.

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But the opponents were not yielding quickly. The American Life Lobby called for support of a bill that would permanently ban federal funding or federal insurance coverage of abortion.

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