Mike Huckabee Says Fred Thompson Has Wrong Approach to Abortion

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

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 18,

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said in a Sunday interview that fellow GOP hopeful Fred Thompson has the wrong approach on dealing with the issue of abortion. Huckabee said he favors a national human life amendment while Thompson favors overturning Roe v. Wade and letting states ban abortion.

While both are goals of the pro-life movement, Huckabee said Thompson’s reluctance to support a human life amendment could ultimately leave a patchwork of states that ban abortion while others don’t.

"It’s the logic of the Civil War," Huckabee said in an interview with the "Fox News Sunday" program.

"If morality is the point here, and if it’s right or wrong, not just a political question, then you can’t have 50 different versions of what’s right and what’s wrong," he said.

"For those of us for whom this is a moral question, you can’t simply have 50 different versions of what’s right, he added.

The former Arkansas governor said he was surprised that National Right to Life endorsed Thompson last week and claimed the former Tennessee senator doesn’t have a pro-life voting record.

"Fred’s never had a 100 percent record on right to life in his Senate career," Huckabee claimed. The records reflect that. And he doesn’t support the human life amendment which is most amazing because that’s been a part of the Republican platform since 1980."

"But my surprise was nothing compared to the surprise of people across America who had been faithful supporters of right to life," Huckabee added.

However, according to records from National Right to Life, Thompson does have a 100 percent voting record on pro-life issues such as abortion and scientific research involving the destruction of human life.

Thompson repeatedly voted against various forms of taxpayer funded abortions and opposed a Senate resolution endorsing Roe v. Wade.

His overall voting record with the pro-life group only dipped below 100% for his career when its scored votes on campaign finance reform issues were included.

David O’Steen, the director of National Right to Life, told LifeNews.com about its endorsement that Thompson had a “strong, consistent pro-life record throughout his political career.”

Additionally, while Thompson has said he doesn’t support a human life amendment, a spokeswoman indicated two weeks ago that he supports keeping the amendment in the Republican Party’s platform.