Skip to comments.Giuliani reaffirms abortion-rights stance in Houston
Posted on 05/11/2007 12:37:27 PM PDT by Spiff
By DALE LEZON
Saying he believes abortion is "morally wrong," Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani told an audience at Houston Baptist University this morning that he respects a women's right to choose to have the procedure.
"I believe you have to respect their viewpoint and give them a level of choice," the former New York City mayor told a crowd of about 300 students and faculty at the school's Mabee Teaching Theater.
His remarks are part of an effort by Giuliani's campaign to clarify his support for abortion rights in the coming weeks, despite the political risks of alienating conservative voters. Giuliani has been criticized for what some have called confusing, sometimes contradictory statements on the topic.
In a stump speech outlining his plans to battle terrorism and tackle economic and social issues, Giuliani urged listeners to find common ground with him even though they may disagree with him. Tolerating differences makes the country what it is, he said.
"We understand how to respect each other's difference," he said. "It's in our DNA."
He said a strong military presence to fight the war on terror is necessary and that withdrawing troops from Iraq could lead to slaughter among the Sunni and Shia sects. And if leaders decide to begin withdrawing forces, they should not give the enemy a timetable for the withdraw.
His views and candor resonated with some students.
"He respects the choices of others," said Samantha Haddox, 20, a junior. "Because he respects others, I respect him."
Andrew Miller, 19, said he opposes a woman's right to choose abortion, but he accepts Giuliani's stand on the issue and could vote for him.
"I like that he took a personal stand on abortion, that he believes it's morally wrong."
A Republican, Miller said he Giuliani could make a good president despite his abortion stance because he likes Giuliani's position on fighting terrorism aggressively.
The Houston Comical. Nuff said.
His handlers are obviously not earning their keep.
I guess he figured his contortions weren’t doing him any good. He’s right, his lying was pathetic. Problem is, his pro-infantacide stance is even worse.
The Rooty Equation:
I believe abortion is “morally wrong,” and I hate abortion (b/c I know abortion kills a unborn child).
But I respect a women’s right to choose (to kill her unborn child).
The more I read/see/hear about Mr. Guiliani, the less I like him. That leadership he displayed on 9/11 must have been a fluke. He’s coming off as a spineless RINO now.
In all fairness though, I’m not happy with most of the rest of the Republican crop either.
Please Fred Thompson, make an announcement and soon. :)
That's nice how that works. Men get off morally pure.
Morally wrong = Respect.
“He respects the choices of others,”
Then I’m sure he’ll understand what happened on the morning after the first big primary when his sorry a** is in a sling.
“I don’t believe in murder, it’s morally wrong. But, hey whatever works for you is fine with me.” Moron.
You know, I've been saying the same thing for a long time now. What did Rudy really do during 9-11? Tour Ground Zero, and make some tough talking speeches? Big whoop, *I* could have done that. Anyone could. Rudy's no leader. He's made some good decisions, such as how to deal with NYC's massive Dinkins-induced crime rate, but even then, he wasn't exactly acting on new ideas, but what right-leaning sociologists had been saying for decades.
Rudy's a sap. He's been floating on name recognition, and now he's hoping that, since his numbers are tanking, he can try to lure in non-Republicans to vote in the primaries and hand him the win that Republicans themselves won't give him.
Rudy appears to be in the midst of a calculated move to turn his back on us conservatives.
It will be his undoing.
Run Fred, RUN!!
He’ll also have the same border control plan as Bush. NONE. He’s also a gun grabber.
From Hunter’s arm twisting, Bush signed the 850 mile border fence bill. Rudy is opposed to that.
Rudy, why is it morally wrong?
I will give Rudy some credit, but not most of it. They guys ratings were in the toilet for a good reason prior to 9/11: He was focused and effective in his first term, but his increasing belief in his own celebrity caused him to lose focus in his second term.
The Houston Chronicle is a biased joke, but you've committed the same sloppiness, misrepresentation, and dishonesty that the media regularly employs. There are only two students quoted. The first did not specifically state her position on abortion, but her statement suggest that she may indeed be pro-abortion. However the second interviewed clearly said that he is pro-life: "Andrew Miller, 19, said he opposes a woman's right to choose abortion..."
Not that facts matter to the goon squad these days.
Say, didn’t you use to attend or teach at HBU?
That is really weak. Especially when you consider many other newspapers and wire services have this story too.
I want to hear more on his view that government is obliged to pay people to exercise their civil rights.
"It was fun while it lasted. And then the cancer overwhelmed it. Bye."
It was nice while it lasted....
"I disagree with Rudy Giuliani on the life issue and I think the rationale that he gives I disagree with even more because that's the same as saying, 'Well, I'm personally opposed to slavery, but if somebody else wants to own slaves, that's fine.'"
~~~ JC Watts
NAILED!!! Thanks JC!
And why exactly did you go to my homepage just now? Looking for a reason to whip the bloodthirsty mob into another purge because someone posted something you didn’t like? How brave. So you’ve probably also scanned my recent posts and can easily see a vast dropoff.
Sounds like Houston Baptist University is turning out dimwit relativists.
Yes, quite telling : )
“The Rooty Equation:
I believe abortion is morally wrong, and I hate abortion (b/c I know abortion kills a unborn child).
But I respect a womens right to choose (to kill her unborn child).”
If this is not clear, please send for my free booklet.... : )
Titus, I can’t quite put a handle on my increasing disaffection for this gent.
However, it is real and palpable — and I expect it is because Giuliani depicts for me a rather clear example of an essentially “lightweight” politician.
Let’s remember those many years ago, just how His Honor was elected. Again, on one issue — law and order.
But, look who and what he surrounded himself with, while Mayor. Shameful in the extreme.
In the final analysis, I am ever more feeling that there is really no “there there” with this gentleman.
Lets dust off Thompson and Hunter. At least we would then have a serious look at the real thing.
We conservatves had better get our act together sooner rather than later if we are to have ANY chance of beating out the increasisngly ominous Liberal gaggle; esspecially when we consider the very real threat posed by the left to the long-term well-being of our Republic.
I stand corrected. He interviewed 2 students, not 3. And he also said that one was opposed to "a woman's right to choose abortion" - which I missed. Thank you for pointing that out.
Not that facts matter to the goon squad these days.
Goon squad?! Screw you, Rudytard.
I liked your opus. Short and to the point:
It was fun while it lasted. And then the cancer overwhelmed it. Bye.
Now, go back to your pathetic little pro-abort libtard forum and play with your pathetic little pro-abort libtard buddies. You shouldn't be associating with us conservative "extremists" - the "fetus wing" - who have been "holding their foot to the neck" of the Republican Party for too long.
Rudy should just change parties and run as a democrat. He’d be the next president.
I spent the afternoon watching the HBU Huskies (baseball)
win the regional 6 championship! down 6 to 1...2 outs... bottom of the ninth they scored 6 runs...2 balks helped!
Rudy might as well have said “I am personally opposed to premeditated first degree murder, but I respect the right of the killer to make the decision to fatally shoot his victim.”
What’s the difference RudyTooty?
You want to talk about ‘choice’?
How about the unborn baby, don’t they get a ‘choice’?
Rudy and his supporters are from Venus, while
we conservatives are from Mars.
And never the twain shall meet.
Maybe a secret decoder ring?
Thanks for so quickly proving my point. But since I am and always have been pro-life, I actually am a member of the “fetus wing”. Of course I’ve never used that term, but nice try. Nor have I ever type that last ‘quote’, though if I haven’t used the term ‘extremist’ in regards to some of the out of control nutters lately then consider that an oversight. Yes, I post on other websites, because I can actually discuss with people who don’t agree with me on every single issue. Is that somehow bad now? Wow, a whole whopping 38 posts in almost 2 months, were you disappointed that you couldn’t dig up any dirt? Are you aware that I also post on other websites about politics, sports, business, and the weather? And what’s the point in snooping around like that? Is that supposed to be intimidating, or a purity test, or are you going to ask me to wear a yellow star now, or what? Used to be FR spoke out against Pellicano-esque tactics, now the recent goon squad employs them. I found it particularly disgusting the way that little video was frothingly posted repeatedly on the purge thread, ya know, the video of a guy pummeling over and over someone on the ground. Reminded me of what the Dem union goons did to Don Adams. Sad irony, how some have become what they fought so hard against.
Well good for Rudy,, You stick to those guns , Rudy..
To waffle now would only be a further revealment of how much of a politico you really are.
Are you done? I mean, you said "Bye..." quite a while back. How long is this opus going to last? Goon squad? Nazi references?
So, you didn't like the animated gif of fictional character Michael Bolton in the movie Office Space beating on a piece of office equipment used to illustrate what FReepers desired to do to Giuliani's campaign? What a cry baby.
Here...I've got an animated gif just for you to illustrate your behavior here lately:
If you're pro-life, as you allege, then why in the world would you ever support a pro-abortionist liberal like Giuliani?!! More of that beating yourself up thing, I guess.
“”We understand how to respect each other’s difference,” he said. “It’s in our DNA.”’
in our DNA?? Is Rudy serious? That’s like saying we have no free will.
To get that quote. I remembered reading it from a while back. Someone listed a name of Rudymite-Freepers who got banned and I went to check, and your homepage came up (showing you weren't actually banned) and I read the quote. That was weeks ago. If you don't want someone seeing it, why put it there?
Looking for a reason to whip the bloodthirsty mob into another purge because someone posted something you didn’t like? How brave.
You haven't the slightest inkling what the heck you are talking about. You have an anger issue too it would seem from yours posts.
So you’ve probably also scanned my recent posts and can easily see a vast dropoff.
Again you assume, and again you are wrong. Batting .1000 there. I never checked your posting history. Stop acting like a dipsh** all the time.
“Rudy and his supporters are from Venus”
Or perhaps Uranus?
Sure did - I attended from 1986 to 1990, and earned two degrees.
When I was there, Houston Baptist University was anything but conservative. It’s just a name.
It’s so nice to see Freepers recognizing Rudy for the moral flake and intellectual dimwit that he so manifestly is.
Is forcing taxpayers to fund another person's difference also in your DNA????