California ProLife Council picks Fred Thompson

fred-thompson.jpgThe California ProLife Council today endorsed Republican Fred Thompson for president.

“There are so many pro-life candidates in the race,” said Lawrence Lehr, the CPLC’s political action committee 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.”

CPLC is the National Right to Life Committee‘s state affiliate; NRLC endorsed Thompson last month, but CPLC executive director Brian Johnston — also the NRLC’s Western Regional director — told me today that “CPLC made its endorsement on its own. All affiliates are free to make their own PAC decisions.”

I asked Johnston whether CPLC had been concerned that the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association had hired Thompson in 1991 to lobby President George H.W. Bush’s administration on behalf of abortion rights. Replied Johnston: “As an employee, and a lawyer, Thompson represented his client. He has made it clear in his actions what his public policy predilections are.”

According to the Thompson campaign’s news release announcing this endorsement:

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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.