Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in his campaign appearances this year has stated that he personally abhors abortion, even though he supports keeping a legal right to choose. But records show that in the ’90s he contributed money at least six times to Planned Parenthood, one of the country’s leading abortion rights groups and its top provider of abortions.
Federal tax returns made public by the former New York mayor show that he and his then-wife, Donna Hanover, made personal donations to national, state and city chapters of Planned Parenthood totaling $900 in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999.
It’s hard to buy Giuliani’s claim to hate abortion when he is donating his own personal money to the largest abortion provider in America. It’s like claiming to hate racism but giving money to the KKK.
Politico quotes Clemson University political science professor Dave Woodward as saying: “This isn’t something like where your position is misunderstood…An overt act of giving money shows support for a position. That can’t be a mistake or misinterpretation.” Exactly. If you give your own personal money to an organization, you’ll accepted their mission, and Planned Parenthood has shown time and again that it supports abortion on demand.
Politico adds this update:
Following a speech Giuliani gave to the Heritage Foundation in Washington last night, I asked him why he would give money to the abortion rights organization.
“I’ll have to look at that,” he said before launching into his message about personally opposing the procedure but supporting a woman’s right to choose.
When I followed up about why, if he was personally opposed to abortion, he would give his own money to an abortion rights group, he held firm.
“All’s I can tell you are what my views are,” he responded before again explaining again a stance of personal opposition but public support for legalized abortion.
It’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a “Oh crap, they caught me” moment. I can’t claim to recall every charitable donation I’ve made over the years, but I’m sure I could tell you why I gave to any organization I gave to six or more times.
I’ve stated before that Giuliani wouldn’t get my vote due to his pro-abortion stance, despite his attempts to smooth it over. This revelation should hopefully cut off his support from any pro-lifer. I was just telling someone on Sunday that I’d vote for Hillary before I voted for Giuliani. I stand confirmed in that opinion at this point.
UPDATE (5/9 13:31): OpinionJournal.com’s Political Diary newsletter reports:
He insisted that his donations to Planned Parenthood were all about his desire to increase adoptions in New York City, even if Planned Parenthood is better known for facilitating abortions. “So why people think this is such a contradiction, I don’t get. I think it’s entirely consistent,” he insisted to Ms. Ingraham.
Rudy’s just digging himself a deeper hole with comments like this. Again, it’s comparable to saying that he gave money to the KKK to promote inter-racial harmony. It doesn’t pass the smell test.