Abortion is an emotive issue. Views vary across the country and across the political divide. A majority of Americans support a woman’s “right” to abortion in cases of rape and incest or dire threat to her health. A smaller proportion support the “right” to abortion in the case of failed contraception. An even smaller proportion support the “right” to abortion because the woman does not want to continue the pregnancy. A tiny proportion support the “right” to abortion anytime before the baby is born. In other words, there is not a clear division between pro-abortion and anti-abortion positions. There is a spectrum of views from the Catholic Church’s position of “no abortion under any circumstances” to the NARAL position of “abortion under any circumstances”.

It is also obvious that there is no constitutional right to abortion, except as construed by judges who regard the constitution as a document of convenience. The issue properly belongs with elected legislators. If the State in the United States of America means anything, then the issue belongs with the states’ elected legislators. The result may be that New York and California have more liberal abortion laws than Arkansas and Texas, but the people will have decided.

Giuliani needs to push the issue back to state legislators; to say that the issue belongs there, that the people decide by who they elect, and that it is not an issue for the Supreme court. Strict constructionists would never have decided Roe vs Wade as as conferring a constitutional right to abortion, and he agrees with that position.

That’s how I think he sees the issue. I don’t much care. Any strong Republican beats any Democrat when it comes to CIC in the war against resurgent Islam.

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