by Steven Ertelt
November 5, 2007
Bedford, NH (LifeNews.com) — Fresh from a Sunday interview during which he said he would support overturning Roe v. Wade but not a human life amendment, Fred Thompson defended his pro-life views. In New Hampshire, Thompson said he is adamantly pro-life even though he won’t go further than letting the states pass their own abortion laws.
Thompson said he is "100 percent pro-life" despite comments he made Sunday on the NBC "Meet the Press" program.
According to a Fox News report, he told voters in the early primary state he would always support efforts to stop abortion.
"My record is clear. One hundred percent pro-life voting record over eight years at the national level. The proof is in the pudding there," he said.
"Go back and look at all that record. My whole career I have said Roe versus Wade was wrongfully decided. I’ve been pro-life all my career and always will be," Thompson added.
Fox indicated that Thompson went further and contrasted what he said were his consistent pro-life views throughout his career with candidates like Mitt Romney, who have changed their views on abortion.
"The difference with me and most of the rest of them is that’s where I was yesterday, that’s where I am today and that’s where I will be tomorrow," he said.
Thompson also responded to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who criticized the former Tennessee senator’s Sunday remarks.
"Thompson’s comments … were disappointing and disheartening for those who were expecting him to be a solid voice for conservatives," Huckabee said.
He called a pro-life Constitutional amendment protecting unborn children a "critical issue for those of us who have been on the front lines of these cultural battles."
"Sen. Thompson’s philosophy seems to be more ‘cut and run’ when it comes to these issues, rather than stand and lead," Huckabee said.
Thompson told Fox News that Huckabee is criticizing him on abortion because his record on other political issues as the former Arkansas governor is coming under fire.
"Governor Huckabee talks about this, I suppose, because it is the only conservative position he has got," Thompson said.