Abortion views haunting Republican candidates

According to The Politico, Giuliani’s problems are just growing:

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in his campaign appearances this year has stated that he personally abhors abortion, even though he supports keeping a legal right to choose. But records show that in the ’90s he contributed money at least six times to Planned Parenthood, one of the country’s leading abortion rights groups and its top provider of abortions.

Federal tax returns made public by the former New York mayor show that he and his then-wife, Donna Hanover, made personal donations to national, state and city chapters of Planned Parenthood totaling $900 in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999.

I honestly believe Giuliani is staunchly pro-abortion and his trying to soften his image by stating he personally abhors the procedure. To me, that’s the cheap answer of saying I don’t support something personally, but I can’t impose my views. So in essence, you DO support it. Giuliani is trying to sell a more moderate position.

In my opinion, the only thing which could save him in in the face of a staunchly pro-life primary voting crowd would be a pledge to appoint judges in the style of Roberts and Alito. Perhaps then his transgressions will be forgiven.

Hot Air also has reaction and analysis to the Giuliani story.

The The New York Sun has some tidbits on Fred Thompson’s past views:

Project Vote Smart, which compiles voting records and other background materials on politicians, has finally put up its page on Fred Thompson (OK, maybe “finally” isn’t exactly the fairest word when Mr. Thompson hasn’t even announced for president — but I’ve been eager to see it).

Anyway, it seems Mr. Thompson filled out a survey for Project Vote Smart back in 1994, when he was running for Senate. While it’s mostly pretty predictable (boo foreign aid, yay low taxes), there are a few parts worth scrutinizing… (see: abortion, education, AIDS)

Thompson’s abortion answer:

* Under abortion: He checked the box for: “Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.” He did, however, support a number of restrictions on abortion: requiring parental notification, allowing states to impose waiting periods, and eliminating all federal funding of abortion. Lastly, he said Congress should leave legislation on abortion to the states.

I’m not sure how much news this is. We’ve known for quite some time that Thompson wasn’t 100% pro-life in his early senate career. However, if you examine his more recent record, you find this:

Abortion Issues

2001 Thompson supported the interests of the Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2001.

2001 Thompson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2001.

2000 Thompson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2000.

1999-2000 Thompson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 77 percent in 1999-2000.

1999 Thompson supported the interests of the Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 1999.

A zero from Planned Parenthood means Thompson did not support unfettered drive-through abortions 24/7 for any reason at all. A 77 from Right to Life means he voted in line with their interests a vast majority of the time.

I think, we will soon find, that this 77 will become a 100 when he officially announces and starts getting asked questions about issues such as abortion.

McCain on the other hand, is trying to play the other card:

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Presidential hopeful John McCain said Monday that although it’s not impossible for a Republican candidate who favors abortion rights to win the nomination, such a candidate would face long odds.

“I think it’s one of the fundamental principles of a conservative to have respect and commitment to the dignity of human life, both the born and unborn,” McCain said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It makes it tough because the Republican Party is basically composed to a significant degree by people who are pro-life, just as the Democratic Party has pro-choice candidates.”

However, McCain has about the exact same record as Thompson. McCain earned a zero from Planned Parenthood and his last four ratings from the National Right to Life Coalition were 75, 82, 33, and 66 from 2005-06 back to 1999-2000.

Judge not lest ye be judged Senator McCain?