Today's Giuliani Agrees With Court Decision

Here’s Rudy Giuliani’s statement on today’s Supreme Court decision upholding a nationwide ban on partial-birth abortion.

“The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on partial birth abortion. I agree with it,” Giuliani said in a statement.

Since he announced his intention to run for President, Giuliani has sought to side with the vast majority of conservative voters by calling for the court to uphold the government ban.

Giuliani used to oppose the ban. His campaign has said that he did so conditionally — that he opposed the ban in the past because it didn’t allow for the controversial procedure even in cases where it may have saved the mother’s life.

But when asked about the procedure on ‘Meet the Press’ in 2000, he sounded clear on the point, saying that he “would vote to preserve the option for women.”

And when asked about the possibility of his supporting Bush’s push to ban the procedure during a CNN appearance in 1999, Giuliani said “No, I have not supported that, and I don’t see my position on that changing.”

–Jason Horowitz