August 6th, 2007
02:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Giuliani: reduce abortion, increase adoption

Rudy Giuliani released the third of his 'Twelve Commitments' on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the only pro-choice Republican presidential candidate, talked about his plan to reduce abortions and increase adoptions at a campaign stop in Iowa on Monday.

“My administration will streamline the adoption process by removing the heartbreaking bureaucratic delays that burden the current process," Giuliani said in a statement. "By working together to promote personal responsibility and a culture of life, Americans can limit abortions and increase adoptions."

Giuliani has received a great deal of criticism from his rivals and many grassroots conservatives for his support of abortion rights. The former mayor has defended himself by saying that, while he believes that abortion is wrong, he does not believe the government should interfere in a woman's personal decision.

Giuliani's adoption plan is the third part of his "Twelve Commitments," the name given to a range of policy proposals being unveiled over a period of several months. Since announcing the Twelve Commitments in June, he has also detailed a new energy initiative and a comprehensive health care plan.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: Iowa • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. ReadBtwthlins

    If we put all this negative energy, from both sides, into educating our children in personal responsibility, abstinence, prevention and adoption. Abortions would be a thing of the past.

    August 6, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Will - Miami, Fl

    Pandering. That's all he does. He's not a conservative. He's not a liberal. Now that he has a ton of money from his past exploits, he has only ONE desire – POWER. He's a dirt-bag people!

    PS. I'm a conservative/republican

    August 6, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    There is such downright hate on both sides of the issue. It is difficult to channel sheer anger and disdain for the other side into anything positive.

    August 6, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Pat, Huntington, NY

    While I'm no Guiliani supporter [us New Yorkers know his true pre-9/11 colors, and they're not pretty, he is indeed a bully and a dirt bag], I would suggest he get states like Florida to stop their prohibitation against gays adopting children, in his attempt to make adoption a more viable option as opposed to abortion.

    August 6, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    How in the hell can this man have an opinion about anything having to do with morality? 12 Commandments? What? He's rewriting the Bible? I guess since he stood amongst the rubble of the WTC, he has a Moses complex. Wake up folks. Snake oil for sale in the "G" camp.

    August 6, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Connie, Tn.

    He has a lot of business talking about personal responsibility when he was having an affair right in front of his children. No wonder they don't have anything to do with him.

    August 6, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    Why the HELL is he holding an Adam Sandler book? The government must think we are all seriously stupid as hell.

    Buh Bye Jules, this ship set sail long before you even reached the dock buddy. Will always love you for what you've done in New York, despite it being one of the dirtiest, most jerk-packed town in America, I can always remember the great one sided opinions, terrible gossip writing, and self-aggrandizing City of New York for setting such a great example for the rest of the country to follow. Praise for your work, but dissappointment in the results. Good thing your daughter is voting for Obama.

    August 6, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Z

    Uh...adoptions, at least those that take place in the U.S., are regulated by the states, not the feds. So, his "administration" can't do squat about making adoptions easier.

    August 6, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Emily, Waco, TX

    I absolutely hate how Republican politicians like Giuliani, but especially George W. Bush, have stolen John Paul II's phrase "culture of life" and used it to mean only anti-abortion. When the late pope talked about a culture of life, he meant no abortion but also no capital punishment, war only for just reasons (i.e. based on just war doctrine), and socially just policies toward the most vulnerable and poor. It is an insult to this great man for people like Bush, who are completely anti-life in every other way mentioned except abortion, and Giuliani, who isn't even pro-life, to use this phrase. Learn to respect life at all its stages and not just be pro-birth, and then you may talk about a "culture of life", Mr. Giuliani.

    August 6, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Marilyn Matisohn, Pasadena, California

    Re: Rudy Giuliani's "Twelve Committments"
    What about the committments to your 1st and 2nd wives?" Since you didn't keep those, how do we know you'll keep any other committments?

    August 6, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Robert Shea. Rochester New York

    Giuliani is a stand-up comedian.
    His "Twelve Committments" is the stuff of Comedy Central. His philandering puts him in the league of Bill Clinton.
    His lecturing on "values" is like listening to Ronald Reagan reminisce about his memories of WWII combat.
    The hypocrisy of Republicans like Giuliani and "W" is outweighed only by the cynical greed of Rove and his ilk.

    August 6, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    You can tell everything about the candidate by the people around him. He surrounds himself with opportunists, yes men, and mafiosos like his cop friend that got busted and Vitter, his campaign manager busted for soliciting hookers. He cheated on his wife. He “muzzles” the press every opportunity he gets. What do you think the guy would do if he became president?
    Sorry Rudolph, but your health plan to give everybody a 15G tax credit isn’t going to cut it. Democrats are talking about real change, Rudolph is talking about special interest business as usual.
    Have you ever known anybody that had to go to a hospital? It cost a hell of a lot more than 15G’s. That’s two days in the hospital, tops
    Just because he was Mayor during 9/11, why does that make him a hero? He did what any mayor is required to do. It’s disgraceful the way he plays up his 9/11 role. He did nothing but take a bloody opportunity to run for president.
    Ask the NYC Firefighters Union what Rudolph did for them? Ask how come they didn’t have proper radios that would cut through the walls of the WTC? Ask them why so many of them had to die because Rudy didn’t plan properly for an attack on a building that already had been attacked by terrorists.
    Ask how long good ol’ hero of 9/11 Rudolph let the search for dead bodies at ground zero go on? He ordered the body parts swept away with bulldozers.
    That sums him up for me and hopefully you too.

    August 6, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Michael - Stamford, CT

    I don't believe a word out of Rudy, he flip flops all over the place on the abortion issue. One minute Rudy claims he hates abortion and then he has made several donations to Planned Parenthood. How can he say that he hates abortion and then turn around and make donations to Planned Parenthood, a place that supports abortion? Rudy's word means nothing, he can't be trusted. Another failure of his was the 9/11 firefighters. Rudy's personal life is a mess too, he has been married and divorced something like three times. If he can't even run his personal life how in the world can he run a country? The answser is he can't. Rudy is not fit to be President. Even Hillary Clinton would be a stronger leader than Rudy.

    August 6, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Great Idea Rudy !...

    Maybe you could set an example for the country by showing American how great it is to be a father ... ahhhhh then again maybe not...

    As according to the news...Your daughter won't even be voting for you and your son has publicly stated he will not endorse your campaign....so I'm guessing that neither will want to live with you.

    August 6, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Did you know Rudolph Giuliani is a major stockholder in a “Blackwater” like private security firm with contractors making a killing in Iraq? He’s making money off the war. If Rudolf gets elected this country is permanently screwed.
    You can tell everything about the candidate by the people around him. He surrounds himself with opportunists, yes men, and mafiosos like his cop friend that got busted and Vitter, his campaign manager busted for soliciting hookers. He cheated on his wife. He “muzzles” the press every opportunity he gets. What do you think the guy would do if he became president?
    Sorry Rudolph, but your health plan to give everybody a 15G tax credit isn’t going to cut it. Democrats are talking about real change, Rudolph is talking about special interest business as usual.
    Have you ever known anybody that had to go to a hospital? It cost a hell of a lot more than 15G’s. That’s two days in the hospital, tops
    Just because he was Mayor during 9/11, why does that make him a hero? He did what any mayor is required to do. It’s disgraceful the way he plays up his 9/11 role. He did nothing but take a bloody opportunity to run for president.
    Ask the NYC Firefighters Union what Rudolph did for them? Ask how come they didn’t have proper radios that would cut through the walls of the WTC? Ask them why so many of them had to die because Rudy didn’t plan properly for an attack on a building that already had been attacked by terrorists.
    Ask how long good ol’ hero of 9/11 Rudolph let the search for dead bodies at ground zero go on? He ordered the body parts swept away with bulldozers.
    That sums him up for me and hopefully you too.

    August 6, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Independent Voter, TN

    I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, but I can't help but notice the lack of decorum and the angry ranting that typifies the responses of many on the "progressive" side. There is very little other than raw emotion that is being expressed here.

    It's okay to support someone and it's okay to not like someone else. Just understand that trying to characterize people as evil incarnate just because they don't agree with you does nothing to advance the discourse of the political debate.

    At this point, I'm not thrilled with any candidate in either party. But to be totally anti-Democrat or anti-Republican translates into shallowness of thought and narrow-mindedness to me.

    Hate to call anyone out, but John S. in Chicago, your posts point out the worst in partisan politics and genuine mean-spiritedness. FYI, posts like yours are more likely to convince independents like me to feel empathy for the people you're so quick to criticize and to lean in their direction.

    Why not try to take the high road and

    August 6, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Independent Voter, TN

    To finish my thought, why not take the high road and help stop all the negativity that dominates the world of politics? I, for one, would find it refreshing.

    August 6, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Donald, Westport, CT

    Hey Rex...

    Can you read, man? It says 12 "Commitments" in the article, not 12 "Commandments."

    When you're qualified to show reading comprehension, then you'll be qualified to help shape the political dialogue.

    August 6, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Independent Voter, TN

    Interesting that CNN would pull down a posting that advocated toning down the partisan political rhetoric that has led to a polarized congress and an angry electorate. How is that threatening, CNN?

    August 6, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Steven in Charleston, SC

    While several people have taken the time to trash Mr. Guiliani, his personal life, the Republicans, and the Democrats, no one seems to have bothered to actually address the content of his position.

    Now, let me preface this by saying I am not a particular fan of Mr. Guiliani. However his position is logical, balanced, and respectful of all the sides in this debate.

    Regardless of your opinion of abortion, surely we can all agree that adoption is a wonderful solution and one that should be encouraged. And despite what the anti-abortion crowd would have us believe, no one - including the pro-choice community - wants to see MORE abortions. So anything we can do to encourage adoptions (including removing prohibitions against gays and lesbians adopting) is a GOOD thing.

    And as for separating his ~personal~ beliefs from the laws he chooses to impose on the country - well, that's just good sense, and requires a level of compassion, stregth, and pragmatism we rarely see in politics.

    August 6, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Rudy had to do something to clarify his pro-choice stance. Unfortunately, instead of standing up for his convictions and telling people this is what I believe like it or not, Giuliani caved.

    Rudy is trying to have it both ways. He is pandering to the pro-life voters and still call himself pro-choice.

    I started out liking Rudy. After the first debates I had serious questions and doubts about Rudy. Now I just can't stand the guy at all.

    August 6, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. TOM, ME

    I COMPLETEY SUPPORT RUDY, HE KNOWS WHATS BEST FOR THE USA AND THE WORLD. HE WILL CONTINUE THE GEORGE BUSH POLICY OF HONESTY AND INTEGRETY, AND DOMINATE ALL OF OUR ENEMIES! WE MUST CONTINUE WHAT OUR PRESIDENT STARTED IN 2001! WE CANNOT FINISH UNTIL ALL OUR ENEMIES ARE WIPED OUT, AND NO TAX CUTS FOR OUR VERY WEALTHY WHO ALSO KNOW WHATS BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY! SUPPORT INDUSTRY, SUPPORT BIG BUSINESS! WILL WE WIN!!!

    GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

    August 6, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. Becca, San Diego, CA

    In response to Rex:

    He's calling it the "Twelve Commitments" not "Twelve Comandments."

    I'm not a supporter, but I believe in reading things carefully before making a statement. Maybe you should too.

    August 7, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Giuliani's answers to problems seem so cheesy. The guy really is an idiot.

    August 7, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |