Fred Thompson Considers Republican Prez Bid, Says He Opposes Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 12, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 12
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Fred Thompson, the actor and former senator from Tennessee, says he is considering launching a bid to seek the Republican nomination for president. Thompson accumulated a strong pro-life voting record in Congress, and said over the weekend that he supports overturning Roe v. Wade.

"I’m giving some thought to it, going to leave the door open" Thompson told the "Fox News Sunday" news program about a possible presidential bid. He indicated he would make a decision in the coming months.

He explained that possibly throwing his name in the hat is "not really a reflection on the current field" of Republican presidential candidates even though many pro-life advocates have been disappointed by the current field.

"I wanted to see how my colleagues who are on the campaign trail do now, what they say, what they emphasize, what they’re addressing, and how successful they are in doing that, and whether or not they can carry the ball in next November," the attorney and actor said.

"I think people are somewhat disillusioned. I think a lot of people are cynical out there. I think they’re looking for something different. And I think that they’re going to be open to different things," Thompson added.

"I’m just going to wait and see what happens," he told Fox News.

On abortion, Thompson told the program he is pro-life and wants the high court to reverse its decision in Roe — calling it "bad law and bad medical science."

"I don’t think the court ought to wake up one day and make new social policy for the country that’s contrary to what it’s been for the last 200 years. We have a process in this country to do that," he said about the Roe decision.

"Judges shouldn’t be doing that. That’s what happened in the that case. I think it was wrong," he added.

Thompson compiled a strong pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee, and only disagree with the organization on the issue of campaign finance reform, which it said would limit its activities.

During his tenure, Thompson cast two votes against a Senate resolution endorsing the Roe v. Wade decision and urging the Supreme Court to uphold it.

The former Tennessee senator voted against funding abortions with taxpayer dollars in numerous situations and he voted for a ban on partial-birth abortions, to uphold parental involvement laws, and to prohibit scientific research using fetal tissue from babies who were the victims of abortions.