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Abortion, ahh the joy of talking about a subject that so many will hate you for one way or the other. I personally noticed the hatred when websites that used to link here suddenly stopped around the time that I went on record as being pro-choice or pro-abortion or whatever you want to call it. Yep, they hate me because of it. Probably even want to kill me over it, which seems counter-intuitive to their whole side of the issue.

Also the Terry Schiavo thing didn't help when I was on the side of letting her die a natural death while the rest of the right on the web were screaming at the top of their lungs so they couldn't hear any opposing reasoning. Thoughts of Why link to somebody who doesn't agree with me on this issue? or Damn that Digger guy, he has some relevant posts that are thought provoking, but he hated Terri! I can't link to him. Whatever, I've been on the web for 13 or 14 years and have seen it and heard it all.

This is where I draw the line though. Publicly funded abortions. Look, if you're going to get yourself into trouble and get all pregnant don't expect me to come riding in with my tax dollars to save your ass from having to support a kid. Also don't expect those who oppose abortion to foot your bill either. It's simply ludicrous and wrong.

Don't tell that to Rudy Giuliani though, who is really pushing the bounds of any support from the right. Why the whole right? Because he's not going to get the vote from the religious right who are against abortion (which he supports) and he's not going to get the support of the fiscal conservatives who want public spending cut not expanded into even more public services.


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN Wednesday he supports public funding for some abortions, a position he advocated as mayor and one that will likely put the GOP presidential candidate at odds with social conservatives in his party.

"Ultimately, it's a constitutional right, and therefore if it's a constitutional right, ultimately, even if you do it on a state by state basis, you have to make sure people are protected," Giuliani said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash in Florida's capital city.

A video clip of the then-mayoral candidate issuing a similar declaration in 1989 in a speech to the "Women's Coalition" appeared recently on the Internet.

"There must be public funding for abortions for poor women," Giuliani says in the speech that is posted on the video sharing site YouTube. "We cannot deny any woman the right to make her own decisions about abortion."

When asked directly Wednesday if he still supported the use of public funding for abortions, Giuliani said "Yes."

I bet you were thinking he was just talking about in cases of rape and incest when the article began with a quote of his stating "some abortions". So was I, but that simply isn't the case. What he is saying is that all poor women should be entitled to the costs of her abortion being paid with tax dollars.

Granted from a purely fiscal point of view a poor woman having an abortion is less of a burden to society since the public wouldn't have to foot the bill for WIC, public schooling, welfare and other social services a child of the poor would require, but that's not the point. I personally think that poor people who keep popping out kids should have their entitlements reduced rather than increased. Currently the system is set up to reward them with more public money if they have more kids. For some it is viewed as a yearly raise as they have a child each year. The system needs to be fixed, not expanded as Giuliani suggests.

Tipped by: Say Anything where they are discussing the "rights" angle of it. Just because abortion can be construed as a constitutional right doesn't mean that the public should have to pay for it. It's not a right to have the abortion paid for, but your right to have one. The right to bear arms doesn't mean the right to have the public buy you a weapon.

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