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GORE SAYS U.S., VATICAN APART ON ABORTION

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Vice President Al Gore says the Clinton administration and the Vatican will not be able to reconcile their differences over abortion.

Gore will head the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Conference on Population and Development that opens in Cairo Sept. 5.He told the National Press Club that despite the opposition of the church to contraception, the church "is one of the most forceful and effective advocates for literacy" and other programs for women.

Strong opposition has been heard from Roman Catholic leaders and some governments of countries with large Roman Catholic populations to any acceptance of abortion or contraception. Their stand appeared to foreshadow a clash at the conference.

"We do not imagine we will ever put the abortion debate to rest - differences go too deep," Gore said.

"But we believe that our approach maximizes the range of possible consensus and reduces the remaining disagreements to manageable proportions."