Shortly after the Giuliani campaign released its 12 commitments today, a rival campaign went after the former mayor's eighth promise, which was a pledge to decrease the number of abortions in America. The rival campaign said that Giuliani, who is pro-choice, has a shabby record on the matter, based on the overall number of abortions that took place in the city when he was mayor compared with the number that took place in New York State.
But an aide to Giuliani calls to put the numbers in a different context, saying that the decrease in the number of abortions in New York City under Giuliani was greater than the decrease nationally.
Here are the numbers the Giuliani campaign is citing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortions decreased 16.8 percent during Giuliani's tenure, from 110,434 in 1994 to 91,792 in 2001. That's a considerable steeper decrease than the national average, which the Giuliani campaign, citing this study, says is 12.8 Percent.
Basically, this comes down to who is spinning the same numbers. The Giuliani campaign is saying the decrease is an objective achievement. The rival campaign is saying it isn't so impressive given the decrease in the entire state.
For what it's worth.