Question: Please summarize your personal philosophy on the issue of reproductive choice
Thompson: The Supreme Court has attempted to delineate the constitutionally appropriate roles for individual and governmental decision-making on the issue of abortion. Beyond that, I believe that the federal government should not interfere with individual convictions and actions in this area
I would make an exception to this general rule of governmental non-interference in a very limited number of cases where government has a compelling interest in promoting the public welfare. For instance, I believe that states should be allowed to impose various restrictions if they so choose.
David Brody comments: “Fred Thompson may have a perfect Senate score with the National Right to Life but when he enters the race, he’ll need to explain questionnaires like this one and others. Where was the fervent pro-life talk? He will be challenged on this just like Romney was for his pro-choice comments in the 1990’s. I’m not saying they are the same. I’m just saying that it’ll be important for Thompson to show some passion for the pro-life cause in 2008. In the 1990’s you don’t see it.”
A federalist approach to abortion is perfectly fine by me but may not be fine for all Fredheads. So let me ask: anyone have a big problem with a guy who walks the walk but doesn’t talk the talk? In a race where the pro-choice candidate is leading and the social-con candidate is notoriously suspect on the depth of this commitment to the issue, I’m guessing that a man with a perfect voting record will be delightfully acceptable to pro-life voters. Or have we now reached the point where merely supporting pro-life policies isn’t enough if they’re not accompanied by rhetoric about Roe having perpetrated a second Holocaust? Serious question. Serious answers encouraged.
Here’s a little red meat for your trouble, courtesy of See-Dub. Fred’s blog has the same clip but, given the choice, HA always links the site with the taste and discretion to have MM.com on its blogroll. Click the image to watch.
Update: Rob Port says he’s a proud pro-life voter — and highly skeptical that this will hurt Fred in any way.