Giuliani ups the ante over abortion-News-World-US & Americas-TimesOnline
Well, as it turns out I had sorely underestimated Rudy's integrity, and in the speech shown above he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he will not abandon his principles to earn the favor of uber-conservative Republicans. Every year the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library issues its annual Profiles in Courage to political figures who take a stand against the prevailing interests that be in favor of their own personal convictions, regardless and in spite of any personal hardships such a decision may bring upon them. If Rudy is not recognized for this stand on pure principle and in defense of what he believes despite the fact that it could destroy his chances of becoming president, then the award is not worthy of the man in whose name it is given.
Democrats are pro-choice and have an abortion litmus test for judges they would nominate to the Supreme Court. Giuliani is pro-choice but has no such litmus test. The key phrase in his answer is “strict constructionist judge.” On judicial issues in general he believes in “strict constructionism,” the common conservative view that we don’t want judges citing penumbral emanations and other constitutional vapors to justify inventing new rights they fancy the country needs.
When the Republican Party is blessed with a candidate as skilled and qualified as Rudy Giuliani, it would be a tragic shame if it allowed his position on a social issue to define him as a person and as a potential Commander in Chief, but every indication is that the other nine MEN running for the Republican nomination are going to seize upon this perceived weakness and use it to drag down the only one of them that has a realistic chance of success in a general election (at least at this point). Everyone has been caught up in a tizzy over the Mayor's controversial response to his beliefs about abortion that the truly jaw-dropping responses of the evening have largely gone unnoticed.
Very little attention has been paid to the fact that THREE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ACTUALLY STATED THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION. I will discuss this more in a subsequent post, but WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ABOUT?! Are they kidding? They couldn't seriously mean that, could they? These are the same three candidates that are likely to lead the charge against Giuliani in coming weeks and months, and the mainstream media is actually going to take them seriously. These three should have been laughed off stage!
As a younger Republican born and raised in Chicago, I have decidedly more progressive views on social issues, and given the opportunity to answer the same question posed to the candidates during the debate, I would likely have given the same answer as Mayor Giuliani. I too dislike abortion because I think it a retroactive form of birth control that a more responsible individual would never have been in a position to choose in the first place. However, some people should not be parents, and to force a child upon someone who neither wants one nor has what it takes to care for one, is far more irresponsible than anything I can imagine. It is absolutely true that adoption is a better option, but in some cases the woman who would have to carry the baby for nine months before it could be birthed and made available for adoption is not responsible enough to take care of herself and her baby for nine months knowing full well that she is going to give the baby up anyway.