This is unbelievable. Via 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.
A video clip of the then-mayoral candidate issuing a similar declaration in 1989 in a speech to the “Women’s Coalition” appeared recently on the Internet.
“There must be public funding for abortions for poor women,” Giuliani says in the speech that is posted on the video sharing site YouTube. “We cannot deny any woman the right to make her own decisions about abortion.”
When asked directly Wednesday if he still supported the use of public funding for abortions, Giuliani said “Yes.”
“If it would deprive someone of a constitutional right,” he explained, “If that’s the status of the law, yes.”
But the presidential candidate reiterated his personal opposition to the practice.
“I’m in the same position now that I was 12 years ago when I ran for mayor — which is, personally opposed to abortion, don’t like it, hate it, would advise that woman to have an adoption rather than abortion, hope to find the money for it,” he said. “But it is your choice, an individual right. You get to make that choice, and I don’t think society should be putting you in jail.”
Some conservatives claim Mayor Giuliani deserves our support because he has pledged to appoint “strict constructionist” judges. Do you really trust the judicial judgment of a man who thinks that anything five Supreme Court justices favor is a “constitutional right?” By that standard, there was a “constitutional right” to own a black person when the Civil War began, thanks to the awful Dred Scott decision.
There can be no “constitutional right” to anything that goes against our natural rights–no matter what activist judges say. It’s absolutely frightening that Mayor Giuliani so clearly does not understand that.
UPDATE: In the interests of fairness, I just saw this on the Corner. In point of fact, I don’t think it helps.