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Rep. Stephen Lynch changes tone on abortion rights

US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, who has consistently described himself as an antiabortion legislator, said Monday that he believes abortion is a constitutionally protected right and that as a US senator he would actively oppose anti­abortion nominees to the Supreme Court.

While Lynch insisted his views have not shifted, his rhetoric is coming closer to that of his Democratic rival for the Senate nomination, Edward J. Markey, a congressman who has long supported ­legalized abortion. Lynch’s new emphasis and arguments come just days after he entered the heated primary in which liberal voters who support abortion rights exert a large influence.

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