Mitt Romney sought to score political gains against a key rival for the Republican presidential nomination by taking a thinly veiled shot at Rudolph Giuliani’s pro-abortion stance.
The swipe came amid charges that Giuliani has been inconsistent in his position regarding a ban on partial-birth abortions.
In what Politico.com called a “fairly obvious reference to Giuliani’s reliance on his record of appointing judges in New York as a key conservative credential,” Romney said in an interview with the Web site that “there’s a lot more to being pro-life beyond appointing conservative judges.
“You also have decisions as an administration on things like abstinence education, on the morning-after pill, on teaching kids to wait before they have babies, on insisting on parental responsibility for a father who has an out-of-wedlock child.
“These policies are also important, and will become a major part of my effort to encourage a culture of life rather than the culture of death.”
Former New York City Mayor Giuliani said the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act was “the correct conclusion.”
And he insisted during a campaign stop in New Hampshire that his position was consistent with his past opposition to the ban.
“I think you can be personally opposed to it, hate abortion, respect somebody else’s conscience who might make a different decision, and also believe that particular form of abortion is wrong,” he said.
Somebody pinch me, am I listening to Clinton here?
During the 1990s Giuliani was a strong advocate in favor of keeping partial birth abortion legal. He opposed the partial-birth abortion ban in the 1990s passed by the Republic-controlled Congress and supported President Clinton’s two vetoes of the ban. Giuliani says says he felt the exception for saving the life of the mother wasn’t strong enough, the Web site lifenews.com reported.
And in 1999 he told CNN that he didn’t support even a modest ban on partial-birth abortions, saying, “No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing.”
Now he explains that he shifted his position on the ban when legislators adopted “more scientific language” in the life of the mother provision in the 2003 bill.
Giuliani supports abortion rights and has drawn criticism for backing public funding for some abortions.
Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Romney opposes abortion rights, although he previously supported the issue.
The last pro-abortion candidate to win the GOP presidential nomination was Gerald Ford in 1976.
Am I the only person confused by this?! Just what kind of murder is OK for unborn children, and when, gentlemen? Let's be clear about this! We would hate to sound like politicians!!