At least, that’s what Doug Patton argues in Human Events today:
At the same time, a Rudy-driven GOP “win” could spell the end of the pro-life movement within the Republican Party, because much of Giuliani’s appeal in those traditionally Democratic strongholds revolves around his liberal positions on most social issues, especially abortion.
Giuliani is leading in most polls at this early stage, largely due to his record as a tough mayor who cleaned up America’s biggest, dirtiest city and because of his leadership in the aftermath of 9/11. But many Republicans also are personally drawn to him, as I was when I met him three years ago in Iowa when we were both working for President Bush’s re-election. The man is very engaging. He is also unacceptable to pro-lifers.
He goes on to say that:
Conservative voters may be suspicious of the pro-life bonafides of John McCain and Mitt Romney, but they should understand that Rudy Giuliani is an openly pro-abortion candidate. His basic position on the largest social issue of our time has not changed; and no matter how he tries to downplay it, he still believes that American women should have the unfettered right to kill the human life within their wombs for the entire nine months of pregnancy. This is a radical departure from the position of Republican presidential nominees for the last three decades.