Giuliani Backtracks on Publicly Funded Abortions

Rudy Giuliani apparently was feeling the heat of the southern sun today. In South Carolina, home to many abortion opponents, he backed off yesterday's comments to CNN about his support for publicly funded abortions. Yesterday, he said:

"I would have to re-examine all of those issues and exactly what was at stake then -- that was a long time ago," he said. "When I was mayor, adoptions went up, abortions went down. But ultimately, it's a constitutional right, and therefore if it's a constitutional right ... you have to make sure that people are protected."

Pressed if he would support public funding for abortions, Giuliani said, "If it would deprive someone of a constitutional right, yes, if that's the status of the law, then I would, yes."

Rudy today: It should be a state's right issue, with individual states making the call.

"The Legislature of South Carolina should make its decision about that." He also said states should make the decision whether to use public money for abortions.


Even his own campaign contradicts him. After the CNN interview, they were quick to point out he still supports the Hyde Amendment which prohibits using federal funds for abortions except to save the life of the mother or in cases of incest.

Pro-lifers aren't happy with what they call Rudy's flip-flop.

I'm sure pro-choice people aren't thrilled with him either.

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    Rarely noticed by TL (none / 0) (#1)
    by jarober on Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 09:54:20 PM EST
    Gore started off pro-life.  The Democrats have sacred cows as well, and politicians who want to go higher than regional office must bow to them.  In this regard, both parties are the same.

    Repeal of the Hyde Amendments (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 09:58:19 PM EST
    ... should be on the Democratic majority agenda and platform, along with repeal of mandatory minimum sentence laws.