Rudy Giuliani keeps repeating variations of this nonsensical statement:
“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 … But ultimately I believe it is an individual right, and the woman can make that choice.”
I want to know why he hates abortion, but nobody ever asks him that question. No matter how he responds, he’ll make no sense.
- If he hates abortion because it kills a human being, then he’s arguing that although he hates it, women should still have the right to kill human beings. I’d love to hear him try to untwist that logical knot.
- If he hates abortion because it ends a “potential life”, then how can he justify any restrictions on abortion at all? A “potential life” by definition cannot be an actual (sacred?) human life, so why the objection? He also has to explain what that aborted thing actually is, if it’s not a life. Calling it a “potential something” isn’t enough. It has to already be something, because it’s not nothing. So what is it?
- If he doesn’t actually hate abortion and just wants to preserve the legal status quo, then he’s just another liar who’ll say anything to fool the conservative base into voting for him. I would bet a lot of money that this is where Rudy actually stands, but I’d also bet a lot of money that he’ll never admit it.
If there’s any way to make logical sense of Rudy Giuliani’s abortion stance without unmasking him as a liar, I’d love to hear it.
4/13 Update: Hugh Hewitt blew a golden opportunity today.