There are undoubtedly many single issue voters making their decisions as the primary and caucus race begins, Iowa being the first on Thursday, January 3rd, with 41 delegates at stake.
Let's see how the Republican candidates stack up with prolife groups, who are just as single issue as an individual voter, when it comes to abortion.
Huckabee - Has the endorsement of some individuals. I count nine here.
Mitt Romney - I couldn't find any
John McCain - ditto
Rudy Giuliani - ditto
Ron Paul - ditto
If any of my readers find some, please let me know.
When we look at Fred Thompson, we see that rather than just individuals who have other matters as a focus, Fred Thompson has the endorsement of at least 10 specifically right to life groups at the national and state level. Excerpts from some of those endorsements:
Marking the first major endorsement by a national grassroots organization in the Republican presidential contest, National Right to Life, the nation’s largest pro-life organization representing pro-lifers in fifty state affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, today announced its endorsement of former Senator Fred Thompson for President of the United State
The Wisconsin Right to Life PAC is proud to endorse Fred Thompson. Fred Thompson’s stellar 100% right to life voting record and his personal commitment to the protection of human life is deeply appreciated by our organization. We strongly believe in his ability to win the presidential election.
Executive director Holly Gatling said, “South Carolina Citizens for Life is confident in Senator Fred Thompson’s resolve to protect and defend the most defenseless among us: our unborn children.” The group will be running radio ads to support Fred.
Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan's Mexico City policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.
West Virginians for Life is the West Virginia state affiliate for the National Right to Life Committee.
"There are so many pro-life candidates in the race," said Lawrence Lehr, PAC Chairman. "But Fred Thompson is clearly the one, consistently pro-life candidate with the ability to win in November. It is important that pro-life voters rally around a candidate that can make a difference."
The California ProLife Council is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.
Virginia Society for Human Life, the oldest right to life organization in the country and the state's affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee announced their support for Fred Thompson.
Virginia SHL is the ninth state right to life organization to fall in behind the National Right to Life committee in endorsing Senator Thompson for President.
Now, some prolife individuals who are well informed will wonder about Fred Thompson not supporting a prolife amendment, which the GOP has supported for some time.
I've stated before that I think Fred Thompson's federalist approach is the best way to achieve long lasting positive change regarding this matter. Lisa Fabrizio of the American Spectator explains the matter well.
Can one be pro-life and not in favor of a Constitutional Amendment which seeks a federal ban on abortion? The easy answer is that one can and probably should be both. But at this time in our history, the amendment process is, sadly, a pipe dream. Imagine trying to get two-thirds of both houses of our Democratic Congress to even propose such an amendment. Then further fantasize that three-fourths of the states would ratify it in the present political climate. This is an all-or-nothing approach that in all probability would save no lives.
Thompson correctly points out that working for the repeal of Roe v. Wade, then making the fight a state-by-state process, is a much more realistic and feasible goal. A states-rights argument should not only appeal to federalists, but ought to be seen as the best current solution by all who cherish life. I'm with the folks who say that abortion is murder, and in this country, murder and its consequences have always been defined by each individual state. And this is where the battle lines must be drawn.
One reason is that dealing with state legislators would be easier than battling their federal counterparts who are in the grips of lobbyists and other special interest groups; the locals are closer to the people they represent and therefore more accountable to them... (source)
Be sure to read it all.
Fred Thompson, by far, has the most endorsements of large, single issue groups when it comes to the right to life. He also has a realistic plan for moving the country forward and thereby the best chance for actually changing our culture more to valuing life at all stages, and having that change last.
Trackposted to: Rosemary's Thoughts, guerrilla radio, Adam's Blog, Right Truth, Big Dog's Weblog, Leaning Straight Up, Cao's Blog, The Amboy Times, Chuck Adkins, Faultline USA, third world county, Woman Honor Thyself, The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns, The World According to Carl, Walls of the City, Pirate's Cove, Blue Star Chronicles, The Pink Flamingo, Celebrity Smack, CORSARI D'ITALIA, and Right Voices, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.