Fred Thompson lobbied for pro-abortion group

The Los Angeles Times:

Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as an antiabortion Republican, accepted an assignment from a family-planning group to lobby the first Bush White House to ease a controversial abortion restriction, according to a 1991 document and several people familiar with the matter.

A spokesman for the former Tennessee senator denied that Thompson did the lobbying work. But the minutes of a 1991 board meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn. say that the group hired Thompson that year.

His task was to urge the administration of President George H. W. Bush to withdraw or relax a rule that barred abortion counseling at clinics that received federal money, according to the records and to people who worked on the matter.

The abortion “gag rule” was then a major political flashpoint. Lobbying against the rule would have placed Thompson at odds with the antiabortion movement that he is now trying to rally behind his expected declaration of a presidential bid.

The basic problem is that the Republican politicians don’t really stand for anything any more. They’ve been lying to the public and their own voters for years – claiming to be for a strong defense, lower taxes, and family values. But those are just slogans, slogans that Republican politicians know Republican voters will buy, so they just keep repeating them decade after decade, even though the politicians themselves don’t even believe the mantra. Republicans are for family values – sure, just ask Mitt Romney, friend of pornographers and the the guy who once sold himself as better on gay issues than Ted Kennedy himself. Republicans are for the 2nd Amendment – uh huh, and Rudy Giuliani has been the best friend gun control advocates ever had. Republicans are strong on defense – yeah, well, Republicans got us into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how are those going? Republicans are for fiscal restraint – and Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have both bankrupted the country and sent us into record deficits.

Republican politicians lie. The thing is, they get away with it because for some reason Republican voters just don’t care if they’re lied to. So long as you tell them you’re for a strong defense, cutting taxes, and family values, they believe you, in spite of the evidence to the contrary.

So it’s no surprise that Fred Thompson advocates abortion. He lies like all the rest of the Republican politicians nowadays. But fortunately for Fred, Republican voters are so easily misled that so long as he gives a good speech, they probably won’t even care about his pro-abortion record.


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