PERFORMS TO THE DELIGHT OF THE CONSERVATIVE RIGHT
THOMPSON PLAYS THE PART OF A STRICT PRO-LIFER
DESPITE HIS REAL-LIFE MODERATE STANCE ON ABORTION
As the Los Angeles Times reported this week, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), a Washington nonprofit organization that advocates "reproductive freedom" and broad access to birth control, hired Thompson to lobby the White House to relax a rule barring abortion counseling at clinics that received federal money. Although this story was verified by numerous credible sources, including NFPRHA’s president in 1991, Judith DeSanto, and former Congressman Michael D. Barnes, who worked with Thompson at the same lobbying and law firm in 1991, Thompson denies ever having done the work. Thompson has also denied that he was "opposed" to a constitutional amendment protecting "the sanctity of human life," even though he indicated as much in a 1996 Christian Coalition survey.
Throughout his political career Thompson has often taken a moderate stance on abortion, but has now changed roles in a performance aimed at capturing the Evangelical audience. Here are the facts:
- A questionnaire submitted during Mr. Thompson’s 1994 Senatorial campaign contained a handwritten note that stated: “I do not believe abortion should be criminalized. This battle will be won in the hearts and souls of the American people.” http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/07/us/politics/07thompson.html
- When filling out a 1996 Christian Coalition survey, Thompson marked himself as "opposed" to a constitutional amendment protecting "the sanctity of human life." http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-thompson7jul07,0,54260.story?page=2&coll=la-home-center
- In a televised debate during Thompson’s 1994 Senate race, Mr. Thompson appeared to tell the moderator that he personally disagreed with outlawing abortion. “Should the government come in and criminalize let’s say a young girl and her parents and her doctor?” Mr. Thompson said. “I think not.” http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/07/us/politics/07thompson.html
The tme for pandering is over. Candidates who wish to lead the country and lead in Congress must appeal to the broadest spectrum of voters, and not twist their positions and the facts to fit the mold of the far right’s obstinate ideal. Real Republicans seek to bring people together and forge common-sense solutions. Real Republicans value privacy, responsibility, small government and individual liberty. Most importantly real Republicans understand that our country is at a crossroad and we need true leadership and a focus on urgent issues like the war on terror, solutions to the crisis in Iraq and reigning in government waste and spending. Now is the time for real Republicans to remember our roots, our history and our record for success in this country, and to stop pandering to the Republican Party’s fringe groups.