Skip to comments.Giuliani stands by support of publicly-funded abortions
Posted on 04/04/2007 7:07:11 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN Wednesday he supports public funding for some abortions, a position he advocated as mayor and one that will likely put the GOP presidential candidate at odds with social conservatives in his party.
"Ultimately, it's a constitutional right, and therefore if it's a constitutional right, ultimately, even if you do it on a state by state basis, you have to make sure people are protected," Giuliani said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash in Florida's capital city.
Giuliani also vowed to appoint conservative judges to the bench, though denied such a promise was a "wink and a nod" to conservatives in support of overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion.
"A strict constructionist judge can come to either conclusion about Roe against Wade," he said. "They can look at it and say, 'Wrongly decided thirty years ago, whatever it is, we'll over turn it.' [Or] they can look at it and say, 'It has been the law for this period of time, therefore we are going to respect the precedent.' Conservatives can come to that conclusion as well. I would leave it up to them. I would not have a litmus test on that."
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It's time the charade ended that Giuliani is anything but a radical social liberal and time those supporting stopped claiming they care about such issues.
Very bad move by Giuliani.
Yes, it is.
At least he’s being honest.
Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. Any glint of hope I had that Rudy at least understood the Constitution has now disappeared. Sounds like another, 'that depends on what the definition of is, is' moment to me.
Rudy is correct in his analysis. In fact Scalia has said the same thing, that Roe was a lousy decision but very well could be rationally regarded as precedent if a judge is inclined to do so.
Rudy was penciled in for me but he has just been erased. Abortion is a Constitutional right? Giuliani must also believe the Constitution is a “living” thing? He is becoming less a Republican and more like a RINO every day and I’ve has my fill of RINOs.
I’m liking Mitt more and more these days.
I wonder if he’ll feel the same way when his poll numbers start dropping. I respected his leadership in regard to 9/11 and managing NYC, but I’m very disappointed in Rudy now.
At least hes being honest.
As I have said before — Guliani is a pragmatist. No respect for life. Using government funds to attack the defenseless is a gross distortion of the power to tax.
Some of us pointed out months ago that Rudy’s pledge to appoint “strict constructionists” should not be taken seriously by conservatives. After all, this is a guy who thought Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fine lawyer deserving of a Supreme Court position. He’s just another liberal elitist who admires others of the legal profession. He has no fixed principles. He is not a conservative by any definition.
I’ll support Fred Thompson if he gets in the race, but he’s got to tear himself away from the tv filming first. Barring Fred, I see no other realistic candidates to beat Hillary other than Rudy.
I hope this is the butter on that piece of toast.
At least he has evolved in the right direction, unlike Rudy.
I doubt it.
He and his supporters dangle President Hillary in front of pro-life conservatives and dare us not to support him, should he win.
I, for one, hold my Christian pro-life values before I hold any party affiliation and will work for the defeat of any active pro-death politician, regardless of whom "might" be elected in their stead.
I value God when He says "Fear the Lord."
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