Ken Connor

Too often, modern political campaigns focus on a candidate's ability to spin words into quick soundbites rather than whether the candidate has a consistent and meaningful worldview. By relying on thirty-second commercials, made-for-TV debates and well orchestrated "town hall meetings," candidates are often able to deliver highly polished packages that are intended to camouflage what they really believe.

An example of this phenomenon is on display when it comes to Rudy Giuliani's effort to tap dance around the abortion issue. Historically, Mayor Giuliani has been an unabashed supporter of "abortion rights". Realizing that his position might be a liability in a GOP primary, Giuliani has engaged in political double-speak in an attempt to satisfy the Republican base. Giuliani's explanation of his view, however, makes his position all the more inexplicable.

For example, America's mayor is in the habit of explaining that he "personally" thinks that abortion is bad--he says he hates it and that it is "morally wrong". Even though he personally opposes abortion, however, he does not think it should be legally restricted. Indeed, Giuliani thinks it's a woman's "right" to have an abortion.

The question that arises is, what makes abortion hateful in Mayor Giuliani's mind? Why is it morally wrong? If it is simply a medical procedure in which a "mass" is removed from a woman's womb, what's so bad about that? Giuliani is certainly suggesting, by saying he "hates" this procedure, that he thinks abortion is more than a typical medical procedure. The fact that he says he is personally against it and feels that it is morally wrong suggests that he knows that abortion ends a human life. Why else would he be against it? But, if Giuliani truly believes that innocent life is destroyed by abortion, then it is odd that he feels there is nothing the government should do about it, or that he would call such killing a "woman's right." A right to kill innocent life? Isn't protecting innocent life a primary responsibility of the government?

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.