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Giuliani reaffirms support for abortion rights

May 12, 2007

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— Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani forcefully reaffirmed his support for abortion rights Friday and argued that his divergence from conservatives on the issue should not disqualify him from being the eventual GOP nominee.

"This is a matter of deep and profound judgment," he said in a speech at Houston Baptist University. "It's a matter of morals. It's a matter of your interpretation of how laws should operate, your interpretation of how respect for the rights of others should operate. But in a country like ours : I believe you have to respect their viewpoint and give them a level of choice. I would grant women the right to make that choice."

The former New York City mayor has struggled recently to explain his personal opposition to abortion with his long public record of favoring a woman's right to choose. He has defended his positions on late-term abortion, public funding for abortions and the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

But Giuliani left few questions about his position Friday, saying that - despite his belief that abortion was "morally wrong" - he thinks the decision should be left to individuals and their decisions should be respected.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 2 months ago

For this reason, Rudy will not get my vote.

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drewdun 7 years, 2 months ago

Wow, this thread contains in a nutshell why right-wingers are sick, sick people. Civil war would be great right now? United States of Abominations? (of course brought to you by libruls) You can only be a decent American if you are against abortion rights? Jesus.

Hey, how 'bout this - you guys keep spouting these "positions" very publicly, and we'll see what happens in 2008. I have a feeling you will be sorely disappointed.

Wingnuts.

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drewdun 7 years, 2 months ago

And what's funny is that all of you ranting against 'pro-death' Rudy Giuliani are most likely ardent supporters of the war in Iraq.

Ironic, that.

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bjbrown 7 years, 2 months ago

Hey, check out bjbrownsblog.blogspot.com for more analysis on Rudderless Rudy and his politiks.

And check out the Ex-Kline story for a midnight snack in progress. Rumor is some ogre has caught a prospector and plans to eat him around midnight! Egads! Someone better call King Farquaart.

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bjbrown 7 years, 2 months ago

Dear Rudderless Rudy, Your belief that abortion is "morally wrong" coupled to your affirmation of the same causes me to think of a vintage speech (almost 150 years old) on a similar topic:

"What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think slavery wrong. But those who say they hate slavery, and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party - where are they? Let us apply a few tests. You say that you think slavery is wrong, but you denounce all attempts to restrain it. Is there anything else that you think wrong, that you are not willing to deal with as a wrong? Why are you so careful, so tender of this one wrong and no other? [Laughter.] You will not let us do a single thing as if it was wrong; there is no place where you will allow it to be even called wrong! We must not call it wrong in the Free States, because it is not there, and we must not call it wrong in the Slave States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics, and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion; we must not bring it into the Tract Society or the other societies, because those are such unsuitable places, and there is no single place, according to you, where this wrong thing can properly be called wrong! [Continued laughter and applause.]" Abraham Lincoln, March 6, 1860 in New Haven

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