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Kennedy flip-flopped on abortion

SNAP QUIZ: Who was the most prominent Massachusetts politician to flip-flop on abortion? No, it’s not Mitt Romney; it’s Edward M. Kennedy.

Unlike Romney’s switch, the late senator’s change from anti-abortion to pro-choice occurred in a less media-saturated era, the early ’70s. There were no dueling videos. No cable news. And political reporters were overwhelmingly male. Abortion was not yet the divisive issue it became.

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