by Steven Ertelt
November 15, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pat Robertson appeared on the "Hannity & Colmes" show Wednesday and explained his support for pro-abortion Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Robertson said he believes Giuliani will appoint judges who will overturn Roe even though he backs legal abortion and has supported Planned Parenthood.
Robertson said he opposes abortion and believes life begins at conception but that there are "various ways to protect life" — with appointing judges to the Supreme Court as the top method.
"And I think Rudy Giuliani has assured the American people that he’s going to appoint justices in the likeness of Scalia and John Roberts, et cetera," Robertson explained. "And he has assured people that, he assured me and others, and I believe him."
Asked how he could support Giuliani when the former mayor supports abortion, Robertson told the Fox news program beliefs on abortion don’t matter if a president appoints pro-abortion judges.
"It really doesn’t matter what your belief is if the courts nullify what you do," he said.
"And so I’m interested in judges. I think in the last election, in my opinion, the three most important issues were judges, judges, and judges. And I think it’s still that way in terms of abortion," Robertson said.
Told that Giuliani appointed judges as mayor that probably were not pro-life, Robertson insisted Giuliani is being truthful when it comes to his plans for Supreme Court appointees.
"Well, I think he’s telling the truth. I mean, you could say, well, he’s a liar, but he has assured the American people who his standards are," Robertson said. "But I’m just taking him at his word as to what he’s going to do as president."
However, Giuliani has said that the judges he appoints could rule either way on the question of reversing the Roe v. Wade ruling that allowed unlimited abortions.
"It would be okay to repeal. Or it would be okay also if a strict constructionist judge viewed it as precedent, and I think a judge has to make that decision," he said during a May Republican debate.
"But I think ultimately that decision that has to be made is one that government shouldn’t make," Giuliani said in an August debate, restating his pro-abortion views. "Ultimately, a woman should make that with her conscience and ultimately with her doctor."