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Is Fred Thompson pro-life? [Yes]
19 April 2007 | Aussie Dasher

Posted on 04/18/2007 6:14:49 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

With all the excitement surrounding the possible candidature of Fred Thompson for the GOP nomination, one question remains unclear: where does he stand on the rights of the unborn?

Is Fred Thompson pro-life? As President, would he stand up for the most defenceless of Americans?

Your comments are much appreciated.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 2008; fred; fredthompson; gop; prolife; rfr; runfredrun; thompson
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1 posted on 04/18/2007 6:14:50 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

I’ve seen this, no idea if it is accurate:

“Government should stay out of it... The ultimate decision must be made by the women... Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.” ~ Fred Thompson, July 1994


2 posted on 04/18/2007 6:17:57 PM PDT by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

From everything I’ve read, including his voting record, YES.


3 posted on 04/18/2007 6:18:23 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Aussie Dasher

National Abortion Rights Action League rating: 0%

National Right to Life rating: 100%


4 posted on 04/18/2007 6:18:51 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Yes he is...heard several different accounts this afternoon confirming his position...including comments by a reporter from the Weekly Standard who interviewed him for 4.5 hours!


5 posted on 04/18/2007 6:19:18 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Aussie Dasher

He has an F rating from NARAL. His senate record is 100% pro life and he says RvW is bad law and bad medical science.

He’s a states rights guy though, so he looks at the whole thing from that perspective.


6 posted on 04/18/2007 6:19:35 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/PlayVideo.cfm?speakerid=3996&contentid=484&type=asx&res=high)
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To: Aussie Dasher

As if this hasn’t been addressed in at least ten threads in the last month.

STRONGLY OPPOSES topic 1: “Abortion is a woman’s right”

http://www.issues2000.org/Senate/Fred_Thompson_SenateMatch.htm

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Next, I looked up his voting record on life issues:

Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)

http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Fred_Thompson.htm#Abortion
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Then I decided to check out how a pro-life interest group, the National Right to Life Committee evaluated Fred on life issues:

“This morning, I cited reports being promoted by the pro-Romney blog Evangelicals for Mitt suggesting that Fred Thompson ran his two campaigns for Senate in Tennessee as a pro-choicer. Not so, National Right to Life executive co-director Darla St. Martin just told me.

St. Martin said that she went down to Tennessee in 1994 to speak with Thompson personally when he first ran for Senate, and that she determined he was against abortion.

‘I interviewed him and on all of the questions I asked him, he opposed abortion,’ St. Martin said. She told me that the group went on to support him in that election, and his record reinforced for her that their determination was correct.

‘He has a consistent voting record that is pro-life,’ she said.

On the NRLC website, they archive their congressional ratings back to 1997, so they include six of his eight years in the Senate. Thompson took the pro-life position on every vote he cast on the abortion issue...”

http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=6017

“With 54% of the vote, pro-life former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander (R) won the seat of retiring PRO-LIFE Senator Fred Thompson.”

http://www.nrlc.org/news/2002/NRL11/senate.html

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Next, I looked up how a pro-abortion interest group, NARAL, graded Fred on life issues:

“NARAL also rated nine other Republicans... Based on their abortion rights stance, the following Republicans received a grade of ‘F’: ...Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee...”

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Try=No&Page=\Politics\archive\200007\POL20000714a.html

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Then, I looked up another pro-abortion group, Planned parenthood, and how it rated Fred on Life issues:

“Listed below is the name, state and party of each of these senators along with Planned Parenthood’s rating of them.

Name State Party PP rating...
Fred Thompson TN R 0% “

http://www.all.org/stopp/rr0111.htm


7 posted on 04/18/2007 6:20:57 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
He is now.

He was pro-choice in his 1994 Senate Campaign and then proceeded to vote pro-life in the Senate.
8 posted on 04/18/2007 6:21:02 PM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: AZRepublican
You, my friend are not telling the truth...

If you have researched enough to come up with that supposed quote, you know very well that he is pro life.

9 posted on 04/18/2007 6:21:13 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: jellybean

A “Not this **** again!!” FRed ping


10 posted on 04/18/2007 6:21:58 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

From what I read, he is definitely Pro-Life.

He has said that Roe v. Wade was bad law, and there was NO Constitutional abortion rights.

He also has said that the entire issue is something that only the States can address.


11 posted on 04/18/2007 6:22:10 PM PDT by DelaWhere (I'll be glad when Spring gets here - this Global Warming is freezing me.....)
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To: msnimje
He was pro-choice in his 1994 Senate Campaign...

So says one source.

12 posted on 04/18/2007 6:22:32 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: msnimje

He denies that he was ever “pro-choice”.


13 posted on 04/18/2007 6:22:48 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: babygene

Well if the quote is accurate, would the remark “The ultimate decision must be made by the women” indicate pro-choice?


14 posted on 04/18/2007 6:23:28 PM PDT by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: Petronski

EXCELLENT


15 posted on 04/18/2007 6:25:32 PM PDT by RushCrush (NRA Member)
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To: AZRepublican

“Well if the quote is accurate, would the remark “The ultimate decision must be made by the women” indicate pro-choice?”

Forget it... You are just lying. You know very well what his position is.


16 posted on 04/18/2007 6:26:24 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: babygene

>Forget it... You are just lying. You know very well what his position is.

Wait a minute, didn’t Mitt catch hell for flip-flopping on the subject?


17 posted on 04/18/2007 6:27:35 PM PDT by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: babygene

Some people oppose Fred—and try to smear him—because his pro-gun stance offends their gungrabbing sensibilities.


18 posted on 04/18/2007 6:27:38 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
He's voted pro-life in the senate so far, but here's a reasoned article on what his beliefs apparently are: Fred Thompson.

He's not a die-hard right-to-lifer, he takes more of a libertarian view with the mother's rights to choose to abort most important in the first three months.

19 posted on 04/18/2007 6:29:51 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Aussie Dasher

Thompson is pro-life.

He opposes Roe, opposes federal funding for abortions, has never supported Partial Birth Abortions and has never been the keynote speaker at an abortion banquet.

How does Rudy stack up?


20 posted on 04/18/2007 6:31:01 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: AZRepublican
Fred has said that he was never pro-choice. And you know that. So knock off the lies.
21 posted on 04/18/2007 6:31:11 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: xJones

If he embraces pro-life, he wins.


22 posted on 04/18/2007 6:32:21 PM PDT by steveh540
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To: Mr. Brightside
How does Rudy stack up?

Like rotting cordwood.

He not only has a perfect NARAL record, but he actually keynotes their fundraisers.

23 posted on 04/18/2007 6:34:15 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: Politicalmom

“He denies that he was ever “pro-choice”.”

If he did deny it, it could be problemmatic. Especially, if a confirmed quote or a YouTube video comes out with Fred saying something to the effect that “....the ultimate decision must be made by the women.....”


24 posted on 04/18/2007 6:36:46 PM PDT by Gop1040
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To: AZRepublican

Maybe you are thinking of a different conservative, who certainly was pro-abortion, Barry Goldwater.


26 posted on 04/18/2007 6:46:28 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Yes.


27 posted on 04/18/2007 6:49:30 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Petronski
Thompson the REAL shooter. Hey, a real shooter too...
28 posted on 04/18/2007 6:54:22 PM PDT by DelaWhere (I'll be glad when Spring gets here - this Global Warming is freezing me.....)
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To: Capt.Mike
He and Romney probably crammed together for that “how to become a conservative in 30 days” course that has been going around.

What a lovely smear.

29 posted on 04/18/2007 6:57:20 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: Petronski

Nope, look at #28 - he has been doing this for a while. Hey, vest isn’t even new like Kerry’s was... I agree - good form.


30 posted on 04/18/2007 7:00:43 PM PDT by DelaWhere (I'll be glad when Spring gets here - this Global Warming is freezing me.....)
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To: DelaWhere

Why did you reply to my #29? I was speaking to someone else, about something else.


31 posted on 04/18/2007 7:02:10 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: msnimje

“He was pro-choice in his 1994 Senate Campaign and then proceeded to vote pro-life in the Senate”

Care to show some documentation for that claim. I live and vote in tennessee and say you’re wrong


32 posted on 04/18/2007 7:03:22 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Petronski

Thought you were expressing that prior post was a smear - that he picked up his conservative ‘larnin in a class.

Thought you might want to see one he does sans class...

Jess tryin to support your stance.


33 posted on 04/18/2007 7:04:43 PM PDT by DelaWhere (I'll be glad when Spring gets here - this Global Warming is freezing me.....)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I’m more interested in knowing if he is “small government”.


34 posted on 04/18/2007 7:05:34 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: DelaWhere

Oh.


35 posted on 04/18/2007 7:05:42 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: Petronski; jellybean

Hey, I think a moderator (Jim?) changed the title. Looks like they are sick of these unending re-tread threads, too. :)


36 posted on 04/18/2007 7:07:40 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: elkfersupper

The Governmental Affairs Committee is charged with overseeing the management of the federal government. During his Chairmanship, Senator Thompson’s committee actively pursued an agenda aimed at producing a smaller, more efficient, and more accountable government. Of his efforts, the Kingsport Times-News wrote, “Sen. Thompson is to be applauded for keeping a watchful eye over Washington fiscal matters. There should be more like him.”

Senator Thompson held hearings on topics such as improving the federal regulatory process; reforming the IRS; exploring ways to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse; and a number of national security issues, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missile technologies. Senator Thompson also investigated and successfully enacted solutions to information management problems such as computer security.


37 posted on 04/18/2007 7:09:44 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Politicalmom

We had a stern warning to Rudiphile troll #1 last night, and the zotting of another Rudiphile troll today, I’d say the smears about conservatives’ positions are being throttled back pretty hard.

Good deal.


38 posted on 04/18/2007 7:10:18 PM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: elkfersupper

Pretty danged good on small govt.

href=”http://www.grassrootsvoter.com/news.html";>

for more info...


39 posted on 04/18/2007 7:24:53 PM PDT by DelaWhere (I'll be glad when Spring gets here - this Global Warming is freezing me.....)
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To: Capt.Mike

Buh bye troll.


40 posted on 04/18/2007 7:24:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

YES!!!!

We LOVE you, Jim.


41 posted on 04/18/2007 7:27:36 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: AZRepublican

“Government should stay out of it... The ultimate decision must be made by the women... Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.” ~ Fred Thompson, July 1994

The pro-Rudy crowd loves to Cherry pick this qoute to compare Rudy to Thompson. However here is the qoute in full...

“Government should stay out of it. No public financing. The ultimate decision must be made by the women. Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.” - Fred Thompson, July 1994

Notice how the Pro-Rudy crowd loves to leave out the part about NO PUBLIC FINANCING! hrmm I wonder why that is....


42 posted on 04/18/2007 7:28:57 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: Petronski; jellybean; perfect_rovian_storm; STARWISE

Check out #48

:)


43 posted on 04/18/2007 7:29:08 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: xJones

..”He’s voted pro-life in the senate so far,”...


So far?

Fred’s not in the Senate now.


44 posted on 04/18/2007 7:29:57 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet & FredFan)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank you SO much for getting rid of some of these guys!


45 posted on 04/18/2007 7:30:40 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/PlayVideo.cfm?speakerid=3996&contentid=484&type=asx&res=high)
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To: Petronski; jellybean; STARWISE; perfect_rovian_storm

Oops. Should be #40


46 posted on 04/18/2007 7:30:48 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Capt.Mike

PPppppffffftttt...


47 posted on 04/18/2007 7:34:48 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet & FredFan)
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To: Petronski

You may have to post this a few hundred more times : )


48 posted on 04/18/2007 7:40:23 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary if you want to murder conservatism)
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To: Petronski; Politicalmom

Would you all point me to that thread, please?


49 posted on 04/18/2007 7:52:54 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE; FairOpinion

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1819595/posts

And Jim smacked Un”Fair Opinion” with the “troll” moniker, too.


50 posted on 04/18/2007 7:55:59 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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