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Monday, November 5, 2007
posted by SteveT | 9:34 AM | permalink
Fred Thompson was on “Meet the Press” yesterday and got into some substantial questions about abortion. The headline from many news accounts is that Fred said no to supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban abortion. However, there is a much bigger story than just that.

In line with his view of federalism, Fred also said that he could not support a federal law that would ban abortion as well:

While he called for no federal funding or legislation that would assist in abortion, Thompson also came out against a federal law. "Nobody's proposed a federal law on this,” he said. “Nobody's recently proposed a federal constitutional amendment."

Here is where it gets interesting. At this point Fred Thompson seems to get away from the issue of federalism and tackle the issue of whether in his view abortion should be outlawed at all:

He continued, "I do not think it is a wise thing to criminalize young girls. It's not a sense of the Senate. You're talking about potential criminal law. I said those things are going to ultimately be one in the hearts and minds of people."

The interview continues, and Fred starts to step in a little deeper:

RUSSERT: You would allow abortion to be performed in states if chosen by states for people who think otherwise.

THOMPSON: I do not think that you can have a law that would be effective and that would be the right thing to do, as I say, in terms of potentially — you can't have a law that cuts off an age group or something like that which potentially would take young girls in extreme situations and say, basically, we're going to put them in jail to do that. I just don't think that that's the right thing to do. It cannot change the way I feel about it morally, but legally and practically, I've got to recognize that fact. It is a dilemma that I'm not totally comfortable with, but that's the best I can do in resolving it in my own mind.

Just to show that this is not a one interview mistake, here is what Fred started to say in an interview in June of this year, before being cut off by Sean Hannity:

“And I would not be and never have been for a law that says, on the state level, if I were back in Tennessee voting on this, for example, that if they chose to criminalize a young woman, and...

HANNITY: So states' rights for you?”

So Fred Thompson believes abortion should not be criminalized and instead should be decided, “in the hearts and minds of people.” Sorry folks, Fred Thompson is still pro-choice. He may have a pro-life voting record as far as opposing taxpayer funding of abortion and voting to ban “partial-birth” abortion, but when it comes down to it he would still allow almost all abortions to be legal.

If Republicans want somebody who is a true pro-life leader, they will have to look elsewhere than Fred Thompson.
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So is it me or is Fred running so he can hand off all the power to the states to let them sort out our problems fifty different ways? If that is the case, then why do we need him as a president in the first place? Instead of "Girls Gone Wild", it can be
"States Gone Wild". Sounds like fun.

Well, I wouldn't say that this blows Thompson's "Pro-Life cover;" but I think it adds to a list of Pro-Life issues at which Mitt Romney is more in step with the Pro-Life movement.

I don't doubt for a second that Fred would govern as a Pro-Life President, just as I don't doubt that McCain would. But it is a measure of degree.

Mitt Romney has shown a clear and concise understanding of what being a Pro-Life President would mean: Vetoing ANY attempt to further Abortion rights, and pushing forward - ACTIVELY - legislation that will further the Pro-Life, Pro-Family movement. He has indicated that he will appoint Pro-Life individuals to important Cabinet positions like Health and Human Services and Surgeon General - where they can make a real difference; these are bigger appointments than they are often given credit for (RU-486, for example). It matters.

Fred is Pro-Life like McCain in Pro-Life: passively. Yes, he'll sign the bill if it comes across his desk, but until then there are other issues to attend to. Mitt Romney has convinced me that he gets it. As President, you need to lead the Pro-Life movement, like Bush and Reagan before him, and be a Pro-Life, Pro-Family advocate from the Oval Office. You need to fight the Abortionists from the Department of Health and Human Services on down. Fight through legislation, and prosecute those who violate the laws and prey on the young and vulnerable.

Paul Weyrich came to the same conclusion. Mitt Romney just gets it. Fred would be good - Mitt will be better. More importantly, Fred will be a "no litmus tests" kind of Pro-Lifer - Mitt has promised (albeit, not in those exact words - for obvious reasons) to have those all-important litmus tests.

To this Pro-Lifer, Mitt gets it best (of the serious contenders). I will vote for whoever can stop Rudy - but you can damn well bet Mitt is sitting atop my list right now!

--Freeper "TitansAFC"

By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 5, 2007 at 7:37 PM  


Thanks for the post, that was rather insightful actually. I don't even think it's all that different from Rudy, in the sense that Fred and McCain are more of the "I-am-pro-life-but-won't-fight-to-ban-death" camp. Maybe I am off the mark, but Mitt is really the only one in the top tier that would not only fight against abortion, but fight FOR pro-life as well. Go Mitt!

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