Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), who in the past has supported a woman’s right to a form of late-term abortion, Wednesday joined in the chorus of Republican presidential candidates hailing the Supreme Court decision upholding the ban of the procedure.This is not a contradiction. You can be on the losing side of a legislative choice and still believe that it was constitutional. Giuliani consistently demonstrates a strong commitment to separation of powers. Just as the judges aren't supposed to strike down a law simply because they would have voted against it had they been legislators, a political candidate can support a judicial decision that upholds legislative power, even if that legislative power was used to enact a statute he would have voted against.
“The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on partial birth abortion,” Giuliani said in a statement on the 5–4 decision. “I agree with it.”
When Giuliani ran for Senate in 2000, he said he would not vote to restrict a woman’s right to undergo the procedure.
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