Perhaps Newsweek is behind the blogosphere, because I reported about Thompson’s pro-abortion statements at least a month ago, and even then, I came across the story accidentaly. Either way, Newsweek has picked up on Thompson’s abortion position, and have lined up a less-than-favorable article on it. I have an excerpt from the article, which will go out in the June 18th edition:
“Combing through Thompson’s archive, Newsweek found several files on his campaign strategy on abortion that could roil his 2008 bid. On a 1994 Eagle Forum survey, Thompson said he opposed criminalizing abortion. Two years later, on a Christian Coalition questionnaire, he checked “opposed” to a proposed constitutional amendment protecting the sanctity of human life. In a campaign policy statement filed in the archives, he also said he believes “the decision to have an early term abortion is a moral issue and should not be a legal one subject to the dictates of the government.” During an interview with the Conservative Spectator, a Tennessee newspaper, he claimed to be pro-life but also said that, “The ultimate decision on abortion should be left with the woman and not the government.”
Say what you want about Fred Thompson, but the fact is, his positions are not entirely what you would consider “pro-life”. Perhaps he can overcome the position, as Mitt Romney has, and perhaps not.