November 21, 2007


Top conservative slams Rudy on abortion (Tony Perkins, Nov 21, 2007, Politico)

As the Republican presidential primaries approach early next year, a chorus of voices for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is consistently telling the public that he would appoint “strict constructionist” judges to the federal bench.

Media pundits like Sean Hannity brandish the phrase as if it were a conclusive argument for the acceptability of Giuliani’s campaign to "pro-life" Americans.

The Rev. Pat Robertson apparently agrees.

But the most important man in the room — Giuliani himself — doesn’t.

I know this because I asked him in person on Oct. 20, when he affirmed his view that a strict constructionist judge could uphold Roe v. Wade because of legal precedent.

To his credit (he is more consistent than some of his proponents are), he stood by the remarks he made last May at the GOP presidential debate at the Reagan library.

Those remarks were very clear.

Giuliani said that it would be “OK” with him if a Supreme Court judge upheld Roe on strict constructionist grounds.

“It would be OK to repeal it,” he said, adding: “It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent.”

This quotation has been cited, with good reason, by many Giuliani critics who are rightly concerned that, as president, it licenses him to appoint any number of judicial candidates who will leave Roe v. Wade exactly as it is.

In other contexts since the May debate, he has stood by the view that strict constructionism can coexist with Roe.

...but that he's squirrelly a character that yopu can easily envision him ripping out fetuses and eating them if he thought it would improve his own health.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2007 11:06 AM
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