Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Pro-Life Case Against Rudolph Giuliani

The Republican Party is on the verge of electing its first pro-abortion President since Gerald Ford, who became the President not by being elected, but who assumed office after the resignation of President Nixon. It is assumed that Rudolph Giuliani is the only candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton. I don’t think this is true. Hillary Clinton is a weak candidate and has shown so recently by a poor performance in a debate and a controversy over planted questions at town hall meetings. She is only helped by the fact that her Democratic opponents are even weaker.

If Rudolph Giuliani wins the Republican nomination and beats Hillary Clinton in 2008, it will be a victory of the liberal Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party – a victory which may be pyrrhic. Many of the so-called Reagan Democrats, attracted to the pro-life values the Republican Party stood for since President Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, will leave and weaken the Party in future elections. Despite the endorsement by leaders such Pat Robertson, they may walk away sooner, in 2008, and lead to at least four more years of the Clintons. I might be persuaded to hold my nose and vote for Giuliani if he gets the nomination, as a way of limiting evil and averting an even greater potential disaster for our nation. But many of my fellow pro-lifers would not and could not do so, in conscience.

Rudolph Giuliani has claimed to be “personally opposed” to abortion and has said that he even hates abortion, but when he appeared on the Phil Donohue television program he said “I have a daughter now. I would give my personal advice, my religious and moral views…I would help her with taking care of the baby. But if the ultimate choice of the woman — my daughter or any other woman — would be that in this particular circumstance, to have an abortion, I’d support that. I’d give my daughter the money for it.” Mr. Giuliani if you believe abortion is wrong and you claim that you are “personally opposed” to it, how could you pay to have your own grandchild killed by abortion?

If you were "personally opposed" to abortion would you give money to a business that committed abortions? Records also show Giuliani made personal donations to the largest abortion business the United States - Planned Parenthood. Over three million pre-born babies have been killed in Planned Parenthood’s facilities since 1973. According to website, federal tax returns indicate that Giuliani and his former wife Donna Hanover made several personal donations to Planned Parenthood throughout the 1990’s totaling $900.

Giuliani claims that he gave money to Planned Parenthood to promote adoption, but the number of adoption referrals by Planned Parenthood has steadily declined over the years. Planned Parenthood commits 80 abortions for each adoption they refer for.

Giuliani claims that the number of abortions in New York City fell during the time he was mayor because of his promotion of adoption. The Guttmacher Institute found that Giuliani’s claims are unsupportable. Fordham University political science professor Bruce Berg reviewed all the tapes of Mayor Giuliani's press conferences dating back to 1996. According to Berg, Mayor Giuliani never once promoted adoption.

Rudy Giuliani NOW says he against the federal funding of abortion, but when he was running for mayor in 1989 Giuliani said: "There must be public funding for abortion for poor women." "I have also stated that I disagree with President Bush's veto last week of public funding for abortion."

Rudy Giuliani NOW says he is opposed to the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion, but his position on this has changed his position, but when he appeared on CNN’s “Inside Politics” on December 2, 1999 Giuliani was asked whether he supported a ban on partial-birth abortions. He responded “No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing.”

]n 1997, when Giuliani was running for re-election as mayor he filled out a questionnaire for the National Abortion Rights Action League. At that time he supported Medicaid funding of abortion without restrictions. He opposed parental notification before a minor could have her child aborted and he also opposed a ban on the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortions.

Giuliani says that he will appoint conservative judges. What guarantee do we have of this? Is he likely to appoint a pro-life judge who could face a tough confirmation battle if a pro-life conviction doesn’t stem from his heart?

If Rudy Giuliani were to have a sincere conversion to a pro-life position that would be wonderful, but excuse me for being suspicious that his shifting position on such an important issue as the sanctity of life are the result of his shifting career goals. As of now, I haven’t decided who I will vote for in the Republican primary, but I have definitely ruled out Rudolph Giuliani and I urge others to do the same.

See also:

Rudy Giuliani on Partial Birth Abortion

Rudy Giuliani on Public Funding of Abortion

“Abortions Outpace Adoption 80-1 at Planned Parenthood” by Jason Pierce May 08, 2002

Rudy Giuliani Made Many Donations to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
by Steven EditorMay 8, 2007

Rudy Giuliani's Mayoral Backing of Adoption Over Abortion Never Existed
by Steven EditorOctober 1, 2007

Pro-Abortion Group Says Rudy Giuliani Nomination Would Help Its Efforts
by Steven EditorOctober 10, 2007

Abortion Advocate Says Rudy Giuliani's Adoption Claims "Unsupportable"
by Steven EditorOctober 29, 2007