by Steven Ertelt
May 8, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Rudy Giuliani has said several times in recent weeks that he "hates abortion" — in an attempt to play down his pro-abortion views to Republican presidential primary voters who are mostly pro-life. However, new information reveals Giuliani and his wife made multiple donations to the nation’s largest abortion business.
Records show that Giuliani donated money to Planned Parenthood at least six times during the 1990s.
According to Politico, the federal tax returns indicate Giuliani and his former wife Donna Hanover made several personal donations to nation, state and city chapters of Planned Parenthood in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999 totaling $900.
The web site received the information from a rival presidential campaign that did not want to be identified.
Asked why he would make the donations, Giuliani told Politico, "I’ll have to look at that" and talked about personally opposing abortion.
Responding to a follow-up question about why he would donate to an abortion business when he personally opposes abortion, Giuliani said, "All I can tell you are what my views are."
Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella tried to reconcile the donations with the former New York City mayor’s recent comments that he hates abortion and did so by taking a shot at Mitt Romney.
"Mayor Giuliani has been consistent in his position — he is personally opposed to abortion, but at the same time he understands it is a personal and emotional decision that should ultimately be left up to the woman," Comella told Politico.
Comella added that, "from the start, Mayor Giuliani has been straight with the American people about where he stands on the issues and saying exactly what he thinks.
"Ultimately, this election is about leadership, and it’s a sign of leadership to stand by your position in the face of political expediency."
Giuliani later talked about his abortion stance on the Michael Reagan radio talk show and he said Republican voters should "respect me for telling you the truth."
"Because this is something that I have thought about a lot — prayed about," Giuliani told Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan, about why he is pro-abortion. "And I know what the easier answer is, but for me this is the right answer."
When asked by Reagan why he won’t just be "pro-choice and get over it," the former mayor said, "The fact is that is my stance, and I do feel very strongly about it."
"In our country, the best answer is to let people make that judgment [for themselves], and then do what you can to limit abortions," said Giuliani. "Encourage adoptions … do things like ban partial-birth abortions.
"That is my view," he added, "and I haven’t changed it in years."