Fred Thompson Says Abortion Advocates Out to Defeat His Presidential Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 18, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 18,

Kennesaw, GA ( — On the campaign trail in the state of Georgia, Republican hopeful Fred Thompson said that abortion advocates are trying to destroy his presidential bid. He said they were upset that he developed a strong pro-life record after doing some minor legal work for a pro-abortion group that contracted with a law firm more than 15 years ago.

Over the summer, Thompson came under fire from the Los Angeles Times, which wrote a slanted story with some inaccuracies about the lobbying Thompson did.

Supposedly, he worked for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and aided its efforts to get the Mexico City Policy overturned during the administration of President George H. W. Bush.

Bush prevented federal funding for groups that promoted or performed abortions overseas and Thompson wrote a letter on the group’s behalf only because they contracted the law firm he worked for to do so.

Asked about the lobbying during the Georgia campaign stop, Thompson said, according to an AP report, "That was private life." He added that he had no regrets about doing his job, even though it meant working for a client with which he disagreed.

Thompson has previously likened the lobbying to a defense attorney defending a criminal because the person deserves legal representation despite the crime.

He said Thursday that abortion advocates brought up the lobbying in an attempt to discredit his pro-life position now that he’s a presidential candidate.

"Those people now are coming out of the woodwork now because I’m their worst nightmare," he said. "I proceeded to go to the United States Senate and vote against them consistently for eight years so now they’re trying to defeat me."