Rudy Giuliani Flip-Flops, Now Won’t Answer Roe Abortion Question

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 4, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 4
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani appears to have flip-flopped on what he thinks about the Supreme Court potentially overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. Giuliani hasn’t suddenly become pro-life; instead, he told the Wall St. Journal he now won’t answer the question of what he thinks.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published over the weekend, Giuliani was asked: “Roe v Wade, should it be overturned?”

Giuliani demurred, saying, “I don’t answer that because I wouldn’t want a judge to have to answer that."

"I think a conservative strict constructionist judge could come to either conclusion," he added.

Yet, Giuliani has answered the question before — as recently as mid-May when he said he would be "okay" if the court overturned Roe, but also okay if the court upheld it.

The former New York City mayor made the same comments during the May 3 Republican presidential debate, when he said he would be fine with either outcome.

The Wall St. Journal also asked Giuliani which members of the Supreme Court meet his standards for intellectual honesty and would be the type of judges he would appoint. Ironically, Giuliani named all of the four judges who have either said they would overturn Roe or are considered the most supportive of doing so.

"[Samuel] Alito, [John] Roberts–I would have appointed either one of them," he replied. "[Antonin] Scalia clearly does [meet the standard], and [Clarence] Thomas. I would have appointed any one of the four of them."