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Giuliani and Abortion

Confronted by former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va.) about his stance on abortion, Giuliani sought to repair the damage done by his confused responses on the issue in the first debate.

Rudy Giuliani stood by his pro-choice views in Tuesday night's debate, but also took credit for increasing the number of adoptions in New York City during his two terms as Mayor. (AP Photo)

Although he supports a woman's right to choose, Giuliani said, "I think we can agree we should seek reductions on abortion." Giuliani said. He also cited statistics that abortions went down 16 percent during his time as mayor while adoptions went up 133 percent.

Giuliani then offered another angle on his pro-abortion rights position: keeping the government out of peoples' private lives.

The Giuliani argument in a nutshell: the court fight over abortion won't come to any resolution any time soon so in the meantime politicians should focus on reducing the number of abortions and increasing the number of adoptions.

Giuliani was clearly hoping to avoid a detailed discussion about the abortion issue. When first asked about Gilmore's questioning of his conservative credentials, Giuliani dodged -- invoking instead the specter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) as the Democratic nominee in 2008. "There's something bigger at stake here," Giuliani said.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 9:59 PM ET
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Scott in PacNW
"Brownback made me laugh when he referred to fetuses as 'children'. If a fetus is a child, then a teenager is a corpse. Somebody give Sam a biology book, please."

It's that same mentality 100 yrs ago that said make me laugh referring to black people as 'humans'.

Posted by: MRP | May 16, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"If a fetus is a child, then a teenager is a corpse." I swear I try to keep an open mind on the topic but comments like this make me think hardline pro-choicers are lying to themselves. This is an absurd comment and doesn't help moderate my view on abortion.

Posted by: DB | May 16, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Guiliani supported public financing of abortions as mayor. This is hardly "keeping the government out of peoples' private lives".

Posted by: publius | May 16, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | May 15, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Giuliani show the world he is a bully
and not shame about it. Congressman Ron Paul
entitled his opinion!

Posted by: Mary Patton | May 15, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Sen Brownback made me laugh when he referred to fetuses as 'children'. If a fetus is a child, then a teenager is a corpse. Somebody give Sam a biology book, please.

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | May 15, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Someone should ask Giuliani exactly what it was he did to reduce abortions and increase abortions. It's not easy to see what role a mayor might play in that.

Posted by: THS | May 15, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

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