It may be getting to the point where I’m in danger of beating a dead horse, but www.race42008.com has compiled an extensive list of Thompson’s past statements on abortion. Here it is:
- 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.”
- Interview: “The ultimate decision on abortion should be left with the woman and not the government.”
- Republican Liberty Interview: “The ultimate decision must be made by the woman. Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.”
- Senate Debate: Government should not “come in and criminalize, let’s say, a young girl and her parents and her doctor as aiders and abettors that would be involved.”
- 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
- Handwritten Statement on Same Survey: “I do not believe abortion should be criminalized.”
- Campaign Policy Statement: “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.”
- FLARE (Family, Life, America, Responsible Education Under God Inc.) Survey: Thompson circles “N/A” on question “Does human life begin at conception?”
- Tennessean Article: Thompson was “an abortion-rights defender in a party with a pro-life tilt.”
- Thompson calls abortion “a distracting issue” and that “We need to concentrate on what brings us together and not what divides us,” says we not only need to drop abortion from the GOP platform but drop the entire party platform.
- 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 has long been claimed that Fred Thompson has a 100% voting record with the National Right to Life organization. Here are his actual ratings:
Those are very incriminating statements, and they seem to prove that Fred Thompson was, at least during a good portion of the 1990s, pro-choice. As for what he is currently, I don’t know. Thompson says he is pro-life, but he also said that he has always been pro-life. As the above show, that second statement is not true. Even that last statement, where he was cut off by Hannity, seems to indicate that he still may support some abortions on the state level. Though what he was going to say is anybody’s guess.
Now, I’d be more than willing to accept that Fred Thompson, like Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan, was previously pro-choice and changed his opinions with time. However, he has not said anything like that. My problem is not what his opinions may have been 17+ years ago, its what his current opinions are, and his honesty. Fred Thompson deffinately has some explaining to do.