by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2008
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) — Fred Thompson has picked up an important endorsement just days before the second big presidential battleground in New Hampshire. Thompson, the former Tennessee senator, has earned the endorsement of New Hampshire Citizens for Life, a statewide pro-life organization.
Citizens for Life is the 14th state pro-life organization to endorse Senator Thompson for President, including Wyoming where Thompson came in second in Saturday’s caucus vote.
"Granite State voters like no-nonsense candidates who stand up for their beliefs. Fred Thompson is such a candidate," Roger Stenson, the director of the group, told LifeNews.com on Saturday morning.
"Fred Thompson had a 100% pro-life voting record as a member of the United States Senate," he added. "For all of us who care about the dignity and sanctity of human life and the most basic freedom upon which our nation was founded — the right to life – Fred Thompson is a leader of great promise."
Thompson told LifeNews.com in a statement that he was "blessed and honored" to get the pro-life group’s endorsement.
"These folks in the Granite State are the 14th organization coast to coast that has voted to endorse my candidacy, and more likely will, because they know I have stood with them yesterday, I stand with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow," he said.
"They know I have the ability to win this election. They know I believe in the sanctity of life and as President I will do all that I can to do to protect life," Thompson added.
The former attorney and actor opposes abortion and has said he favors overturning Roe v. Wade and letting states again ban abortions. He also opposes human cloning, embryonic stem cell research and assisted suicide.
The New Hampshire pro-life organization joins a growing list of statewide pro-life groups backing Thompson, including North Carolina, California, Minnesota, Vermont, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and New York.
Looking at endorsements from other statewide pro-life groups, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has the backing of Georgia Right to Life and Michigan Chooses Life.
Other pro-life advocates have endorsed Huckabee and pro-life leaders Jim Bopp, a highly-regarded attorney, and Dr. Jack Willke, widely considered to be one of the founders of the pro-life movement, have backed Mitt Romney.
Several of the organizations making endorsements have said they oppose Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to win the GOP nomination because of his pro-abortion position.