Rudy's Old Adoption Lie
Monday’s Daily News is reporting that Rudy Giuliani is about to once again try to fool pro-life voters by claiming that he made increasing adoptions a priority of his Mayoral administration.At the same time, he boosted adoptions in his eight years by some 133%, as compared with the eight years before he arrived, city statistics show.
Rudy has used many different numbers to try to show that adoptions increased by big numbers during his time as Mayor and these are new ones to me.
But the real numbers according to the objective website factcheck.org are as follows –
Actually, adoptions rose only 17 percent during Giuliani’s tenure as mayor, according to figures provided by the New York City Administration for Children's Services. It’s true adoptions went up by 73 percent between 1994 and 1997 — the first three years he was in office. But from that peak they slid back by 32 percent before he left office, erasing most of the initial gain.
I previously wrote on this blog that Rudy’s claims about adoptions being an important priority was not how I remembered it.
But you don’t have to take my word or factcheck.org to decide that Rudy couldn’t care less about adoptions as an alternative to abortion.
Just look at the positive biography of Rudy, Prince of the City, by Giuliani supporter Fred Siegel to see what Fred says about all that Rudy did about adoptions.
The word adoption does not appear on any of the close to 350 pages in the book.
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