CNN's Political Ticker Blog: Giuliani Stands By Support Of Publicly-Funded Abortions
"TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN Wednesday he supports public funding for some abortions, a position he advocated as mayor and one that will likely put the GOP presidential candidate at odds with social conservatives in his party.
'Ultimately, it's a constitutional right, and therefore if it's a constitutional right, ultimately, even if you do it on a state by state basis, you have to make sure people are protected,' Giuliani said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash in Florida's capital city.
A video clip of the then-mayoral candidate issuing a similar declaration in 1989 in a speech to the 'Women's Coalition' appeared recently on the Internet.
'There must be public funding for abortions for poor women,' Giuliani says in the speech that is posted on the video sharing site YouTube. 'We cannot deny any woman the right to make her own decisions about abortion.'
When asked directly Wednesday if he still supported the use of public funding for abortions, Giuliani said 'Yes.'"