Rhode Island Pro-Life Group Gives Fred Thompson its Statewide Endorsement
by Steven Ertelt
January 13, 2008
Providence, RI (LifeNews.com) — Another state pro-life organization has given Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson its stamp of approval. The Rhode Island Right to Life organization says Thompson is their man, but he needs a strong showing this week in South Carolina to be able to stay in the race.
Rita Parquette, the executive director of the pro-life organization, talked about the reasons for the endorsement.
"Fred Thompson will do everything he can to protect the lives of the unborn, the elderly, the disabled and the sick if he becomes the next president of the United States," she told LifeNews.com in a statement.
She said her group’s mission is to advocate for a state, nation and world in which the innocent lives of the unborn, the disabled, the elderly, and the ill are cherished by the citizenry and protected by civil law.
Parquette said Thompson promotes those goals and would do so as president.
"The RI Right to Life Federal PAC will do all it can to assist in the nomination of Fred Thompson for President," she added.
Thompson responded saying he truly appreciated the endorsement and pointed out that more than a dozen state pro-life groups now support his campaign.
"These folks in Rhode Island have voted to endorse my candidacy 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," he added.
Thompson has received the endorsement of the most Right to Life groups including the national organization, its affiliates in South Carolina and New Hampshire and Right to Life groups in North Carolina, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and New York.
Montana and Georgia Right to Life support Mike Huckabee as do officials with Life Decisions International and Tom Glessner, a leading pro-life attorney who works with crisis pregnancy centers.
Right to Life groups in Michigan and Iowa indicated they would not support a primary candidate.
Jim Bopp, a highly-regarded pro-life 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.