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Mass. Senate Candidates Grapple with Abortion Issue

BOSTON (AP) — Several candidates vying in the special U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts are working to define their positions on abortion.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a conservative Democrat, has been trying to reconcile his stated anti-abortion position with the more nuanced stance he has taken since entering the race. Lynch has emphasized that he would not vote to make abortion illegal.

Lynch's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, has been endorsed by two major abortion rights groups.

Markey held anti-abortion views early in his political career but shifted in the early 1980s.

Among the Republican candidates, state Rep. Daniel Winslow says he unapologetically supports abortion rights while Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset businessman, says he opposes abortion but would not try to change current law.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan opposes abortion.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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