Fred Thompson Was For Abortion Rights Before He Was Against Them

Last year, while watch an episode of "Law and Order", Fred Thompson's character said that he was pro life. This struck me as a bit odd because I could have sworn he was pro choice at least when he ran for the Senate in 1994. I was even more puzzled when I recently read a quote by good 'ol Fred that Roe V Wade was a bad ruling. Well, it turns out that I was not so crazy after all.

During his first run for the U.S. Senate, Fred Thompson said in an interview to a libertarian Republican newsletter that the ultimate decision to have an abortion "must be made by the woman."

The comments were made in the July/August issue of Republican Liberty, the official newsletter of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

In the interview, Thompson was asked: "Some conservatives got flustered by your comments on abortion and Roe vs. Wade. Would you like to explain your position on abortion?"

Thompson answered: "Government should stay out of it. No public financing. The ultimate decision must be made by the woman. Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own."

I obtained a copy of the interview from Eric Dondero, founder of the Republican Liberty Caucus. He has more thoughts on the matter here.

Adn sure enough, there it is.

Murphey:

Some conservatives got flustered by your comments on abortion and Roe vs. Wade. Would you like to explain your position on abortion?

Thompson:

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.

These Republicans, so desperate to curry favor to a sliver of the American electorate, have lost track of their positions and have become not pro choice or anti choice, but rather multiple choice.

Tags: 2008 elections, Fred Thompson, president (all tags)

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9 Comments

He'll get a much easier pass than will Mitt

on the issue. Fred had a solidly pro-life record in his years in the Senate, so I don't think it'll be that much of an issue for him. His pro-life credentials are more solid than any front-runner than McCain, so it seems he hasn't much to worry about.

by mihan 2007-04-09 02:19PM | 0 recs
Re: He'll get a much easier pass than will Mitt

He was marketed as a pro-lifer, but has always supported unrestricted 1st trimester abortions, and on the pro-life side he is viewed as pro-choice.  This is probably what provoked Dobson to declare that he is not a Christian.  

by Winston Smith 2007-04-10 02:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Fred Thompson Was For Abortion Rights

Interesting, I voted for Fred Thompson twice.  Both times as a prolife conservative.  The problem is the Left and the Right in the country see the solution for abortion as a national fix, either through congress or the courts.  Thompson's position is consistent.  IT IS NO BUSSINESS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!  

Abortion supporters have blinders on this issue.  You must support a national court ruling or you are not _______ (fill in the blank).  

Thompson's constitutional view here is also consistent with Thompson's view gay civil unions.  IT IS NOT A FEDERAL ISSUE!!!!  

The federal courts need to STOP interferring with the political process and allow the nation to reach a consenus on the issues.  

If you reread the quotes, they are very consistent.  I will admit that his views have evolved.  Before his statements were constitutional, it is interesting that he now states that Roe v Wade was also bad medical science.  

by BeetleB 2007-04-09 04:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Fred Thompson Was For Abortion Rights

Fred Thompson's previous view was "Government should stay out of it". Not "federal" government; government. Fred Thompson's previous view was thus that of the pro-choice movement, and this view is the basis of Roe v Wade: personal constitutional rights such as are asserted in Roe v Wade have nothing to do with "federal" versus "state", they are a set of things which government itself lacks the authority to trample around in, period. This is why so far the courts have been the ones to handle this-- because it is part of the courts' function to stop the government when it claims power that does not belong to it.

Saying "federal government should not be allowed to regulate it!" when what one really means is "state government should be allowed to regulate it!" is nothing but dishonest framing.

Thompson's constitutional view here is also consistent with Thompson's view gay civil unions.  IT IS NOT A FEDERAL ISSUE!!!!  

Okay. Repeal the DOMA, then.

by Silent sound 2007-04-09 06:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Fred Thompson Was For Abortion Rights

If you are interested in Thompson's views visit http://www.anotherRonaldReagan.com

by BeetleB 2007-04-09 05:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Fred Thompson Was For Abortion

To be fair, this was 11 years ago.

And, what was his voting record - consistently pro-life. And, THAT will matter to the Christian Conservatives.

Romney's voting record changed with the wind.

Thompson has been a consistent conservative.
And, he's a very dangerous candidate.

by rikyrah 2007-04-09 09:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Fred Thompson

All this crap about trying to find another Ronald Reagan gives Democrats a great opening. The Republicans are obsessed, as always, with trying to find an elusive "golden age" when everything was better. They're fixated on the past, on the way things were.

Democrats are the party of the future. Everything we do and believe is rooted in the belief that we have a responsibility to give our children a bright future. We learn from history, but we don't try and re-live it. We want to create a new and better future. I say, let the GOP go on a snipe hunt for some great conservative of yore. Whether its Reagan or Goldwater or Mallard Fillmore, they're are all retreads of the same failed ideas.

by bluenc 2007-04-09 10:30PM | 0 recs
Fred and Tommy? Or, Tommy and Fred?

I'm just waiting for all the confusion between Tommy and Fred. Pass the popcorn.

by Michael Bersin 2007-04-10 02:45AM | 0 recs
Fred Thompson flip flop

Of course he had to say this, this seat was vacated by Gore and he woe the undecided vote to his side during this time.

by olawakandi 2007-04-10 03:04PM | 0 recs

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