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.
- Thompson possibly lobbies for the pro-choice advocacy group National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association*
- 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.”
- 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
- Letter to a TN Constituent: “I believe that government should not interfere with individual convictions and actions in this area [abortion].”
- 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.