Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Give up on Rudy...

Ok, fellow pro-lifers, it's time to stop kidding ourselves. Rudy Giuliani is pro-choice. He seems to have always been pro-choice, and he will always be pro-choice. On this issue, he is indistinguishable from John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary , Arnold Schwarzanegger, Claire McCaskill, and any other number of Catholic candidates who are unacceptable to us.

If he changes his mind, he will let us know. And he will do so in a blod way. We will not need to carefully parse his statements to see that they are not overtly hostile to the pro-life cause. We should not have to guess and parse.

Andrew Sullivan points to a quote that captues his attitude well.

In 2001, appearing at a NARAL/Pro-Choice America luncheon, he voiced the conservative case for abortion rights, arguing that it "might be more consistent with the philosophy of the Republican Party.

"Because the Republican Party stands for the idea that you have to restore more freedom of choice, more opportunity, more opportunity for people to make their own choices rather than the government dictating those choices," said Giuliani.

Pro-lifers are used to this type of attitude from pro-choice Catholic Democrats -- I'm a Democrat; Democrats are pro-choice; you can't expect me to go against my party, do you? Party loyalty and principles are rock hard; religious beliefs should be flexible and yield to them.

But in a way, Rudy's right. The Republican Party has always been a but of an uncomfortable home for the pro-life movement. It can be hard to reconcile support for torture, pre-emptive war, and capital punishment with arguments against abortion based on the fundamental dignity of human life.

Of course, I care much more about defending the unborn than I care about being a good conservative or good Republican, and I hope that others will too.
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