Archive for the ‘Life Issues’ category

Thompson fought against the Republican Pro-Life Plank

June 24, 2007

As per Terry Jeffrey:

However, when Fred Thompson was in the United States Senate, both times he ran for the Senate he ran as a pro-choice candidate. He was against the Republican pro-life plank in 1996, when I was out in San Diego fighting to keep it in the platform. And I think he has to explain much more persuasively than Mitt Romney did why it is that he is now a pro-life.

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Flip-flopping Fred?

 

UPDATE: CBN’s David Brody has uncovered more evidence to support this story. Read it here. Excerpt from 1996:

Fred Thompson says he seldom hears about abortion in campaign travels throughout Tennessee and hopes the issue is downplayed at the Republican National Convention. The Tennessee Republican, a pro-choice defender in a party with an anti-abortion tilt, is preparing for next week’s convention in San Diego. He said the party must avoid distracting issues and focus on electing Bob Dole as president. ‘We need to concentrate on what brings us together and not what divides us,’

Is Thompson a Tennesseean for Choice?

June 14, 2007

CBN’s David Brody has uncovered a Tennesseans for Choice questionnaire filled out by Fred Dalton Thompson circa 1996 in which he answered questions about his personal philosophy on the issue of abortion.

Fred Dalton Thompson bluntly answered with a “NO” when asked if he favored the criminalization of abortion.

Furthermore, Fred Dalton Thompson expressed support for the public financing of abortions in specific cases.

And as if that wasn’t enough, when asked about services or programs that he supports in order to minimize unplanned pregnancies, Fred Dalton Thompson stated that he voted to provide funding for the infamous Title X family planning programs.

You can read his answers to the questionnaire here.

Thompson opposed amendment to protect the Sanctity of Human Life

June 11, 2007

Documents The Tennessean located in Thompson’s Senate archive at the University of Tennessee show:

• On a 1996 Christian Coalition survey, he checked “opposed” to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution “protecting the sanctity of human life.”

• He included a handwritten clarification: “I do not believe abortion should be criminalized. This battle will be won in the hearts and souls of the American people.”

• In 1996, asked by the Memphis group FLARE (Family, Life, America, Responsible Education Under God Inc.) if human life begins at conception, Thompson circled “N/A.”

Those answers could complicate Thompson’s standing with the Republican Party right wing, which has been bolstered by his seemingly reliable pro-life voting record.

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Thompson supported Roe vs. Wade in the 90’s

June 9, 2007

As reported by the the Memphis Commercial Appeal on July 29, 1993 page B1:

Thompson said he supports the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

Similarly, in an October 21, 1994 article, The Washington Post reported that “both” Thompson and his Democratic opponent in the 1994 Senate race, then-Rep. Jim Cooper, “believe in legal abortion.”

Thompson Against the Criminalization of Abortion

June 9, 2007

In a debate sponsored by the TV station WDEF of Chattanooga in 1994 Fred Dalton Thompson clearly stated that that the government should not criminalize abortions for convenience and that the matter should be decided by the courts.

Thompson in Favor of First Trimester Abortions in 1994

June 8, 2007

While running for the United States Senate in 1994 Fred Dalton Thompson filled out a form titled “Congressional 1994 National Political Awareness Test” for project Vote Smart in which he specifically and unequivocally positioned himself in favor of the legalization of First Trimester Abortions.

In the referred form he marked out the following statement as that which represented his position at the time:

Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy. source