by Steven Ertelt
October 19, 2007
Fred Thompson Takes Strong Pro-Life Stand at Values Voter Forums
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson took a strong pro-life stand at the Values Voters forum on Friday. His staff passed out literature showing his 100% pro-life voting record when he was a member of the Senate, but he also went further. He vowed not to let any abortion funding occur if he is elected. As president, he says, "No legislation will pass my desk that funds or supports this procedure without my veto." Thompson says he saw his first sonogram several years ago before the birth of his daughter Hayden and "my heart now is fully engaged with my head" on abortion. "Over eight years on national issues, I was a consistent conservative — fighting for good conservative judges, with a 100% pro-life voting record." Aides wearing "Fred 08" buttons handed out sheets on abortion headlined "Where are they on the issues that matter most to your family?" The material compared Thompson favorably to former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani ("vocally pro-choice") and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Firm Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — The Thomas More Society has become one of the top pro-life law firms in the country and has gone to bat for pro-life legislation and pro-life advocates across the nation. On Saturday, the firm celebrated the anniversary with a gala dinner featuring Amherst College professor Hadley Arkes, the main architect of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, and Norma McCorvey, "Jane Roe" of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case. The Thomas More Society of Chicago is a non-profit, public interest law firm founded in 1997 and incorporated in 1998, under the leadership of President and Chief Counsel Tom Brejcha. Brejcha and Thomas More have made recent headlines for helping to keep a massive new abortion center from opening in Aurora, Illinois. "We have seen many victories over the past decade and we will be celebrating those victories on Saturday night," Brejcha told LifeNews.com. "Whether fighting the atrocities of abortion, careless reproductive technology or the onslaught of government endorsed euthanasia, the Thomas More Society will continue to fight for those who have no voice in the public square."
Louisiana Voters Select Pro-Life Advocate Bobby Jindal as Next Governor
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — Louisiana voters are some of the few to have an opportunity to vote in off-year elections and they selected pro-life Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal on Saturday to be their new governor. Jindal took 53 percent of the vote against 11 opponents, eliminating the need for a runoff. His nearest competitor, Democrat Walter Boasso had 18 percent. Jindal has run for governor before, losing to pro-life Democrat Kathleen Blanco by 52 percent to 48 percent in the 2003 race. Blanco did not run for re-electon because of other political issues but signed several pro-life bills into law. In Congress, Jindal has compiled a solid pro-life voting record. According to the National Right to Life Committee, Jindal has a 100% pro-life voting record, having voted not only against abortion and abortion funding but against embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and human cloning as well. At 36, Jindal will also be the youngest governor in the country and the first governor of Indian-American decent.
Ohio Abortion Advocates Won’t Oppose Allowing Women to See Ultraounds
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Two companion bills filed in the Ohio legislature would require abortion practitioners to give women considering an abortion the option of seeing an ultrasound of their developing baby. Backers of the bill hope the ultrasounds will remind women of the humanity of their unborn child and encourage them against an abortion. As they did when a similar bill was in Congress, abortion advocates will not oppose the bills because they say they already allow women to see an ultrasound if they request it. "We’re remaining neutral on the bill because, as it is right now, it’s telling clinics to do what they already do," Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL’s Ohio group, said. Gary Dougherty, who oversees the state’s Planned Parenthood operations, concurred. "It’s our standard practice," he said. "If somebody asks to see it, we’re going to show it to them – no question." Pro-life groups including Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati and Ohio Right to Life support the bill and RLGC’s director Paula Westwood said ultrasound is a "wonderful technology" that "should be available for all mothers to at least see their baby." Should the legislature approve the bills and combine them into one version to send to Gov. Ted Strickland, they may face a veto because he backs abortion. Some 11 states have passed legislation allowing women to view ultrasound images so far.