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Fred Thompson Opens National Right to Life Convention With Pro-Life Passion
Life News ^ | 7/4/08 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 07/04/2008 3:37:49 PM PDT by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson served as the highlight of the opening ceremonies of the National Right to Life convention Thursday morning. He urged the more than one thousand pro-life activists attending the annual event to stick to their pro-life principles regardless of the wins or losses.

Thompson said there “has been a lot of talk about the need for change in this country and this has become Senator Obama’s mantra.”

He said Congress is controlled by pro-abortion politicians “so I see the need for great change in this country.”

Thompson worried about a change in the wrong direction and said Americans should be focused on reasserting the pro-life principles that makes the United States great.

Endorsed by National Right to Life during the Republican primaries, Thompson said the direction of the Supreme Court is significantly important -- especially as it relates to pro-life concerns. He said Barack Obama is an “agent of change in the wrong direction.”

“If Senator Obama is elected, he will through the Supreme Court and federal nominations bring about a negative trend in this country that we may not live long enough to see rectified,” Thompson said.

Thompson also blasted Obama over his votes in the Illinois legislature against a bill that would have given infants who survive failed abortions with appropriate medical care.

“I’m not sure how he can explain how he is to the left of NARAL,” referring to a leading pro-abortion group that took no position on a Congressional version of the anti-infanticide bill.

He endorsed eventual Republican nominee John McCain and said he has been pro-life throughout his career and said the Arizona senator has all of the qualifications necessary to become a great president of the United States.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wanda Franz, the president of National Right to Life, encouraged the audience to close ranks behind pro-life candidates to make sure pro-life policies can advance.

She urged the pro-life advocates to resist the temptation of supporting pro-life candidates who may look perfect on paper but have little or not chance of winning the election.

Instead, she urged pro-life voters to support candidates who agree with the pro-life community on most issues and can put those pro-life policies in place by becoming the next president or member of Congress.

When it comes to the presidential election, Franz said the national policy on legalized abortion is at stake and only by supporting a pro-life candidate who can actually win in November will pro-life voters be able to determine the fate of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonald, the top pro-life official in the state and a gubernatorial candidate, said he was happy to be among so many pro-life advocates.

He noted that it was a great time for pro-life people to have a national educational meeting at time when the nation is celebrating its freedom and said that freedom should extend to children in the womb.

“People come into society with certain God given rights and among those is the right to life,” he said. “It is our solemn duty as officials in elected office to protect tight rights -- the first and foremost the right to life.”

Olivia Gans, the president of the Virginia Society for Human Life also welcomed the hundreds of attendees that packed the hotel ballroom.

“We must bring the pro-life message to those who may be in pain or in their pews … and we must help them know which is the pro-life candidate who is able to do everything they can to protect human life,” Gans said. “Each of you are the right person for that task.”

“No person in the pro-life movement can be replaced … You are here now for a reason and you will discover that reason every time you say yes to life,” Gans concluded.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; fredthompson; moralabsolutes; nrlc; prolife
“People come into society with certain God given rights and among those is the right to life,” he said. “It is our solemn duty as officials in elected office to protect tight rights -- the first and foremost the right to life.”

Perfect!

1 posted on 07/04/2008 3:37:50 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 07/04/2008 3:38:43 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 07/04/2008 3:39:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It says so right in the Declaration of Independence!


4 posted on 07/04/2008 3:43:09 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, pray for us.)
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To: wagglebee
Perfect indeed! Ah, Fred. If only.

Still, I give thanks that he is still working for our country.

5 posted on 07/04/2008 3:44:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Had Fred gotten into the Presidential race earlier and ran a more energized and spirited campaign, he’d be our nominee.


6 posted on 07/04/2008 3:58:17 PM PDT by no dems (B. Hussein is an Obamanation)
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To: wagglebee

And of course we ended up with McCain instead of this staunch conservative as a candidate. My views on anyone who gets an abortion except when the mother’s life is in immediate danger, is that they are murderers. Roe VS Wade should be overturned and abortion turned back to the states. I am sure there are some states that will keep abortion legal, but most of them won’t.


7 posted on 07/04/2008 3:58:29 PM PDT by calex59
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To: no dems
We're lucky to have him in any capacity.
8 posted on 07/04/2008 3:59:33 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: no dems

It certainly wasn’t all Fred’s fault. Once he entered the race, the mainstream media worked overtime, sweating bullets, to ignore him.


9 posted on 07/04/2008 4:01:05 PM PDT by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they're really after folding money.)
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To: wagglebee

well thanks Fred....about 5 months too late sport.


10 posted on 07/04/2008 4:02:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (these are dark days politically)
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To: JennysCool

Fred didn’t even win his home state.


11 posted on 07/04/2008 4:14:50 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: calex59
My views on anyone who gets an abortion except when the mother’s life is in immediate danger, is that they are murderers. Roe VS Wade should be overturned and abortion turned back to the states.

If it does get turned back to the states, while it be morally proper in the states that elect to keep it?

12 posted on 07/04/2008 4:17:01 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Barack Obama--the first black Jimmy Carter.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

I know I’m dreaming, but I would love for him to get McCaine’s veep spot.


13 posted on 07/04/2008 4:18:54 PM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment-buy another gun today!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Are you really stupid or can’t you read? I said abortion is murder except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. It doesn’t matter who has the call, feds or state, it is still murder. I said that in my original post, I guess you are not too bright. Abortion, like almost all issues, is a states rights, or powers if you will, issue and should be left to the states. If a state grants abortion rights I can always move to one that doesn’t. The fact is, most states won’t grant the right to an abortion, they won’t condone murder. Now, if you are finished questioning my integrity I will tell you quite politely to f*** off.


14 posted on 07/04/2008 4:21:34 PM PDT by calex59
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To: wagglebee

Sadly when the Sanctity of Life Act of 2007 was introduced there were only 4 GOP co-sponsors. So much for being the “party of life”.


15 posted on 07/04/2008 4:25:56 PM PDT by PastorTony
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To: basil

Your dream is a nightmare. Two old men, that have or had cancer.

Fred was one of my senator’s for 8 years. No thanks.


16 posted on 07/04/2008 4:27:35 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: calex59
Are you really stupid or can’t you read? I said abortion is murder except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. It doesn’t matter who has the call, feds or state, it is still murder. I said that in my original post, I guess you are not too bright. Abortion, like almost all issues, is a states rights, or powers if you will, issue and should be left to the states. If a state grants abortion rights I can always move to one that doesn’t. The fact is, most states won’t grant the right to an abortion, they won’t condone murder. Now, if you are finished questioning my integrity I will tell you quite politely to f*** off.

You make a lot of assumptions that aren't warranted. First, my remarks were rhetorical, meant to stimulate discussion; they weren't an assault on your "integrity," if that's what you want to call it. Second, we live in a Republic comprised of states whose laws are expected to conform to the written Constitution of that Republic. If the laws of any state run counter to those enumerated in that document, particularly those pertaining to the right of each individual to his own life, it is both right and proper that the federal authority should restrain the encroachment of any state upon that right. Perhaps you believe that slavery ought to be a matter of states' rights?

17 posted on 07/04/2008 4:32:17 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Barack Obama--the first black Jimmy Carter.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

BS, you were questioning my comment about states having the right to determine the legality of abortion and questioning whether I would still consider it murder if the states had that rights they should have. My original post made it plain I considered it murder, so you must have a problem with states rights and my integrity as you seem to assume that I would think it ok if states legalized it. So, your second comment to me is BS. Own up to your remarks or simply don’t make them in the future if you don’t want to stand behind them.


18 posted on 07/04/2008 4:37:28 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Coldwater Creek

Fred was the most conservative candidate running that had a snowballs chance and the “moderate wing” won out.

And what does having cancer have to do with it? Does that preclude someone from being Pres? Creepy comments for sure.


19 posted on 07/04/2008 4:41:50 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: calex59
BS, you were questioning my comment about states having the right to determine the legality of abortion and questioning whether I would still consider it murder if the states had that rights they should have.

I didn't ask whether you would consider it murder, but whether you considered it morally proper. And since you admittedly consider it murder, and don't seem to have any qualms about it, vis-a-vis the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, one can only assume that your vaunted "integrity" leaves much to be desired. Either that, or you're one very confused individual. You're not a neo-Confederate, are you?

20 posted on 07/04/2008 4:44:16 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Barack Obama--the first black Jimmy Carter.)
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To: traderrob6

I want a HEALTHY president. There’s nothing creepy about that. Isn’t Nancy in line after the V.P.?


21 posted on 07/04/2008 5:03:10 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham; calex59

No point in arguing about it. We’ll work to overturn Roe/Wade, it will go back to the states, and we’ll work to outlaw it there too.

Because as I think we agree, its murder whether its legal or not.

Will some states keep it legal? Yes, for a time, until we can work to persuade and change hearts there as well. But we’ll do it.


22 posted on 07/04/2008 5:18:37 PM PDT by marron
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Let's pray that God sends us public servants who will work to rebuild our culture to one of life.

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

23 posted on 07/04/2008 5:21:48 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: wagglebee

Fred bump!


24 posted on 07/04/2008 5:23:30 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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25 posted on 07/04/2008 5:25:14 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: no dems
Had Fred gotten into the Presidential race earlier and ran a more energized and spirited campaign, he’d be our nominee.

By now, you'd probably be seeing a number of cars with Thompson bumper stickers as well as a few yard signs. I've seen quite a few Obama bumper stickers, but have yet to see my first McCain bumper ticker.

26 posted on 07/04/2008 5:59:28 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: no dems

I doubt it. There were too many good candidates who were considered conservative, and our votes were spread out thin among them. I think Fred would be a terrific nominee for the next member of the Supremes. ;o)


27 posted on 07/04/2008 7:33:38 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: wagglebee

Since men don’t have abortions, it would have been more effective to have a woman lead off this convention.


28 posted on 07/04/2008 7:54:07 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: wagglebee
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29 posted on 07/05/2008 2:27:31 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Coldwater Creek

I’m not arguing about who should be VP. However, your comment about wanting a healthy candidate and thinking McCain and Thompson somehow aren’t because of cancer is ridiculous. My dad had cancer 7 years ago. It’s not an issue anymore.


30 posted on 07/05/2008 4:35:56 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972
Well, my husband had Melanoma 11 years ago, and it is no longer an issue either. It returned after 10 years and we are going to celebrate the first anniversary of his death in a couple of days.

Don't ever get lulled into thinking that cancer doesn’t lay dormant.

31 posted on 07/05/2008 4:43:33 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: Coldwater Creek

I am truly sorry for your loss. But we will not live life worrying over every possible thing that may come up and kill us at any moment. Nor will I select a president with this in mind.


32 posted on 07/05/2008 6:11:22 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: Coldwater Creek

“Fred didn’t even win his home state.”

He was already out of the running before the Tennessee primaries.....or he WOULD have won. ;-/


33 posted on 07/05/2008 6:16:30 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Fred was one of my senators too and I’d LOVE to have had him as President. Ohhh...and age usually brings wisdom with it.

As for the cancer...there are different types of cancer and neither McCain nor Thompson gives us any need for undue worry.


34 posted on 07/05/2008 6:20:24 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: SumProVita
Three time Malignant Melanoma isn’t a cause for concern?

You're in denial!

35 posted on 07/05/2008 6:31:42 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: SumProVita
No he wouldn't have. He was still on the ballot!

He wasn’t even supported by the largest employer in Tenn.

36 posted on 07/05/2008 6:33:49 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08 ,2007)
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To: Coldwater Creek

He was still on the ballot...but by the time of the primaries, he had already left the race. Duhhhhh....


37 posted on 07/05/2008 6:36:00 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Salvation

I just got on here after about a week away. This is very powerful. Every time I think that this man voted against that bill to stop infants from being murdered AFTER they are born alive from a botched abortion, I just cringe. I wonder how he’d feel to have acid eat away his skin.


38 posted on 07/09/2008 6:43:58 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: wagglebee; antonius

39 posted on 07/09/2008 10:44:02 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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