CAN WE PLEASE STOP CALLING RUDY GIULIANI "PRO-CHOICE?"

It's great fun to taunt social conservatives with the fact that the Republican front-runner is "pro-choice" and "supports abortion rights." But we're getting to the point where claiming so much is just, well, not factual. "Pro-choice" politicians don't "reassure" Sam Brownback that they'll appoint "strict constructionist" justices to the Supreme Court following the model of John Roberts, as Giuliani did yesterday, according to Politico's Jonathan Martin.

Rudy simply isn't planning on governing as an abortion-rights supporter. So instead of blithely asserting that we're going to marginalize the theocrats by moving into a period in which abortion will become apolitical, we should call it like it is: Giuliani has become anti-choice, and the only way to protect and expand reproductive rights at the federal level is to elect a Democrat to the White House.

--Dana Goldstein

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