by Steven Ertelt
October 15, 2007
Fred Thompson Calls Rudy Giuliani Soft on Issues Like Abortion
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson called himself the best candidate to represent conservatives on Monday and went after GOP hopeful Rudy Giuliani over his record on various issues, including abortion. ”Some think the way to beat the Democrats in November is to be more like them. I could not disagree more,” Thompson said in a speech. It was the first occasion for Thompson to go on the attack against one of his opponents in the race for the GOP nod. "I believe that conservatives beat liberals only when we challenge their outdated positions, not embrace them. This is not a time for philosophical flexibility, it is a time to stand up for what we believe in. That’s the surefire way of making sure we don’t win,” he added. "With me, what you see is what you get. I was a proud conservative yesterday, I remain one today, and I will be one tomorrow," Thompson says in the speech. Thompson was also aggressive in a Fox News interview. ”I don’t think that the mayor has ever claimed to be a conservative,” he said. ”So I don’t know that he’s ever claimed to be anything else."
Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul Address Abortion Issues, Take Pro-Life Stance
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo both tackles abortion issues recently and reconfirmed their pro-life stances. Tancredo said he would support the use of sonograms for women considering having an abortion and try to halt federal funding to clinics that perform abortions. "As president, I will do everything in my power to support and promote the use of sonograms so that women are informed about their unborn child before making the decision to abort," Tancredo in a statement said after visiting the Women’s Choice Center. That’s a pregnancy center in Bettendorf, Iowa. He also said that he would try to stop "any type of federal funding for Planned Parenthood" abortion centers and that he believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Meanwhile, Paul gave an interview to PBS and said he thinks abortion is a state issue and, therefore, Roe should be overturned. "I’d like to ban the federal government intervention in abortion. So since I’ve only been a federal official — a congressman and then running for the presidency — I say that we should keep our hands out of it," he said. "Once you get into a difficult problem, and then you have one monolithic answer, like Roe v. Wade, then you come up with a solution where the courts legislate and allow abortion to be done a minute before birth, and I can get paid for doing one of those, yet a girl, because she throws her baby away, we arrest her for murder. There’s something awfully inconsistent about that."
Pro-Life Leader Says Values Summit Will Help Identify Best GOP Candidate
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life advocate says a values summit his group will host will help pro-life advocates determine the best candidate to get the Republican nomination. Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, recently said he was “very optimistic” with the field of candidates that will attend this week’s Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit. He believes there will be one to two contenders that will be revealed as the favorite among pro-life advocates there. “As citizens of this country we have the ability and the right to participate and I believe as Christian citizens we have an obligation to be involved in our community and our country,” the FRC president expressed during a news conference. The summit’s Republican guests include contenders Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, and others. All Democratic candidates except for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson have declined the invitation to speak. Perkins has said that the media overplayed remarks about a potential third party bid by pro-life stalwarts. "There is no desire to create a third party,” Perkins explained. “There is no action underway to create a third party. There is simply a statement that ‘Yes, if the [Republican] party breaks faith with social conservatives then there will be a number of social conservatives that will break rank with the party.’”
Kansas Pro-Life Group Says Undercover Probe Shows Abortion-Rape Abuse
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Operation Rescue released audio files and transcripts of undercover telephone calls to Kansas abortion centers that it says show evidence in each case of the intentional concealment of child rape. The files were released in response to a citizen petition in Johnson County, Kansas, to convene a grand jury to investigate Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. "This hard evidence alone should be enough to warrant a grand jury investigation," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. Another pro-life group made the calls during a private investigation of abortion centers. During the phone calls, an adult woman identified herself as a 13-year old girl involved in an active sexual relationship with a 22-year old boyfriend. That sexual relationship is considered statutory rape, a crime in all 50 states. Statutory rape is, by legal definition, child sexual abuse. It is legally mandatory that incidents of suspected child sexual abuse be reported to authorities in Kansas. In each case, the Kansas abortion clinics, fully understanding the age disparity, told the caller that she could get a pregnancy test with her boyfriend present without the relationship being reported by them. Every Planned Parenthood office in Kansas told the caller that they would prescribe birth control for her without reporting, and that the 22-year old boyfriend would be allowed to pick up the birth control prescription for her. Other abortion offices would not provide birth control for the caller, but instead referred her to Planned Parenthood, indicating that organization would not report.