Giuliani’s position here is even more radical than what the
Supreme Court has required.
“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.”
Giuliani claims that if abortion is a Constitutional right,
protecting that right logically requires public funding of it. The
Court has explicitly
that argument, in Maher v.
, Beal v. Doe
, and Poelker v. Doe
. Maybe Ted Olson could tell him a thing
or two about that.