Pro-Life Advocates Rattle Rudy Giuliani on Abortion at Florida Stops

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates Rattle Rudy Giuliani on Abortion at Florida Stops Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 14,

Miami, FL ( — Rudy Giuliani got an earful about abortion at campaign stops in Florida over the weekend as pro-life advocates hoped to let voters there know that he’s the only pro-abortion candidate in the primary race. Giuliani eventually canceled his speech at his first bus-tour event Sunday in Miami because of the heckling.

On Sunday, pro-life advocate gathered at the Green Street Cafe in the Miami suburb of Coconut Grove waiting for Giuliani to begin his Florida bus tour.

When Giuliani arrived, 26-year-old Joseph Landry moved to within a few feet of the former New York mayor and began yelling, "You are a baby killer! You are a baby killer! Florida is pro-life! Rudy wants public funding for abortion!"

According to a statement Landry sent, law enforcement officials immediately escorted him from the area while he continued talking about Giuliani’s pro-abortion record.

Minutes afterwards, 28-year-old Steven Pokorny began to shout to those gathered for the Giuliani event saying, "A third of my generation is dead because of politicians like Giuliani! Giuliani wants to kill children and have you pay for it!"

According to the two pro-life people, Giuliani supporters shouted back saying their claims weren’t true.

However, instead of local police escorting Pokorny away from the gathering, Giuliani gave up on trying to give his campaign address and left the building without speaking to the crowd.

Pokorny told he was able to follow Giuliani and confront him over his pro-abortion record, but received no response from the candidate.

"Giuliani officials had no idea how many pro-lifers were in the crowd, and how many more times Giuliani would be confronted," the pair said in the statement. "This might explain why Mr. Giuliani did not make any remarks – and left the meeting without addressing supporters."

They said pro-life advocates would continue to meet Giuliani on each leg of his Florida tour.

In fact, according to a Reuters report, Landry did just that and appeared at two more Giuliani events and used a megaphone to talk about Giuliani’s pro-abortion views.

Giuliani has been banking on Florida as his way to come back in the race after early defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire. He has several stops planned for Monday and Tuesday.