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.
The returns have been on the public record for years, but the detail about Giuliani’s support for Planned Parenthood — along with e-mailed copies of the returns — was provided to The Politico by aides to a rival campaign, who insisted on not being identified.
“It’d be OK,” Giuliani responded, adding that it would also be all right if the Supreme Court decided the other way.
On the campaign trail, Giuliani has a consistent mantra when the abortion issue comes up. “I’m against abortion. I hate it. I wish there never was an abortion, and I would counsel a woman to have an adoption instead of an abortion,” Giuliani said last month in Columbia, S.C., in a typical comment.
Why does he think he has to waffle around on this issue.
In historical terms, the American Civil War is what is called an “aborted revolution.” It’s a really bad pun, but Rudy seems to have an “aborted flip-flop” on his hands.