Pro-Choice Convictions Overturned

Giuliani and Romney are taking torturous paths to dispatch with their pesky abortion beliefs

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Republican presidential hopeful and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani .

The official position of the Republican Party on abortion is more extreme than most people realize. All of its recent platforms have declared that "the 14th Amendment's protections apply to unborn children." The 14th Amendment is the one that protects fundamental rights and "equal protection of the laws." If "unborn children" are a protected group under the 14th Amendment--like blacks, women and so on--abortion is unconstitutional. A state couldn't legalize abortion even if its citizens wished to. Women who procure abortions and doctors who perform them would have to be prosecuted for murder, just like a woman who hires a gunman...

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