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July 13, 2007

Fred Thompson: Pro-Life or Simply Pro-Fred?

Filed under: Abortion,Fred Thompson,Pro-Life,Republicans — Psycheout @ 6:35 pm

Back when I first posted about Fred Thompson’s lobbying efforts on behalf of a pro-abortion group, I took some heat in the comments. At first Thompson’s campaign denied the story. Fred himself has since softened his denial to a ‘don’t remember’ response.

Fred Thompson is backing off his flat denial that he once lobbied for an abortion-rights group. He now says he doesn’t remember it, but does not dispute evidence to the contrary.

So much for this being an anti-Fred “bogus MSM/clinton hit peice [sic]” as one commenter ranted. Furthermore there is this non-denial denial:

Then in an interview with Sean Hannity that was reported by Thomas B. Edsall of The Huffington Post, Thompson was even more evasive: “You need to separate a lawyer who is advocating a position from the position itself.”

To be fair, the issue about Thompson’s lobbying efforts on behalf of a pro-abortion group isn’t as important as his personal views. So just what is Hollywood Fred’s position on life? Race 4 2008‘s MattC compiled a list of quotes that shed some light on this. I will excerpt a few. Follow the link to read the entire compilation.

1991

  • Thompson possibly lobbies for the pro-choice advocacy group National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association*

1994

  • Eagle Survey: Thompson checks the box indicating he opposes “criminalizing abortion”, later says he “doesn’t remember” checking the box
  • Conservative Spectator Interview: “I’m not willing to support laws that prohibit early term abortions.”

1996

  • Tennesseans For Choice Survey: Thompson checks “no” when asked if he favors criminalizing abortion
  • Christian Coalition Survey: Thompson checks box indicating he opposes a constitutional amendment protecting the sanctity of human life

1997

  • Letter to a TN Constituent: “I believe that government should not interfere with individual convictions and actions in this area [abortion].”

2007

  • Hannity and Colmes: “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…” (cut off by Hannity)

It would appear that Fred Thompson has been consistently pro-abortion and in line with the pro-choice lobby (at least as far as first trimester abortions are concerned). So why can’t he just simply declare himself pro-choice (like Giuliani) and be done with it? You aren’t pro-life if you are for some abortions and against others. It doesn’t work that way.

I think the reason is clear. Thompson isn’t pro-life, but he wants people to think he is. Why? Because he wants to get elected. Thompson isn’t pro-life, he’s simply pro-Fred.

Sam Brownback, on the other hand, is staunchly “Pro-Life, Whole Life.” The choice is clear.

— Psycheout

7 Comments »

  1. What an A**. He’s like Romney in a sheepmuncher’s clothing. Yuck. YUCK. If SB gets the nommy nom- who should he take as Veep candidate? Tancredo? I’m not convinced. I think Tancredo is pretty stupid, but it could be like going the Quayle route. I don’t think Brownie would want to attach himself to such a moron.

    Comment by Pinko Punko — July 13, 2007 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  2. It’s too early to speculate about a running mate, but your point about Fred vs Romney may be pretty accurate. They both seem great and telegenic. They’re wonderful candidates until you actually examine what’s beneath the surface.

    Like him or dislike him, when you examine Senator Brownback, what you see is what you get. He’s not trying to fool anybody into thinking he’s a pro-life conservative. He simply is one.

    Comment by Psycheout — July 13, 2007 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  3. Fred’s dead.

    Comment by Red State Guy — July 13, 2007 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  4. Just a hit job. Fred has voted 100? Pro-life, long ago. It is a non-starter. Why don’t you pick on the homosexual angle too?

    All these petty storms in a teapot just help him. Folks are tired of seeing it.

    Face it fellows. Its Fred Or Hillary for a choice.

    Comment by Don Jones — July 13, 2007 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  5. Pro-Slutty for certain. Just look as his wife.

    Comment by Mrs. T.D. Gaines-Crockett — July 14, 2007 @ 4:41 am | Reply

  6. Don’t forget good ol’ Giuliani, America’s Mayor!

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 14, 2007 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  7. […] So does anyone still believe that Fred Thompson is riding in on a white horse to save conservatives from the Hillary beast? If they do, they’re fools. He’s riding in on a black horse and the only one he’s trying to save is himself. […]

    Pingback by Fred Thompson: Pro-abortion Lobbyist and Liar? « Blogs 4 Brownback — July 19, 2007 @ 3:55 am | Reply


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