by Steven Ertelt
November 28, 2007
Charleston, WV (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has picked up the endorsement of another pro-life group. Two weeks after the National Right to Life Committee backed the former Tennessee senator, West Virginians for Life gave Thompson its stamp of approval as well.
Melissa Adkins, the executive director of the statewide pro-life group, told LifeNews.com about the endorsement.
"West Virginians for Life is proud to endorse Fred Thompson for President," she said.
"Fred Thompson, like a majority of West Virginians, believes that unborn children deserve legal protection. Throughout his political career, Fred Thompson has had a strong, consistent pro-life record," Adkins added.
Jeri Thompson, Fred Thompson’s wife, attended the press conference to accept the endorsement on her husband’s behalf.
In a statement the Thompson campaign sent LifeNews.com, the former senator and attorney said he appreciated the group’s support.
"I’m deeply appreciative for their endorsement," said Thompson. "In supporting me, those who have worked tirelessly to defend life are supporting a consistent conservative who has stood with them yesterday, who stands with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow."
In making its endorsement, West Virginians for Life considered the positions and record of candidates on life issues as well as their ability to win.
The group said Thompson opposes abortion and believes the 1973 abortion on demand Supreme Court decision was wrongly decided and must be reversed.
It also cited his opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, support for parental notification, and opposition to funding embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life with federal money.
Karen Cross, the political director for National Right to Life, said she was pleased the West Virginia group endorsed Thompson.
"National Right to Life is confident in Senator Fred Thompson’s resolve to protect and defend the most defenseless among us: our unborn children," she told LifeNews.com.
Related web sites:
West Virginians for Life – https://www.wvforlife.org