The EFM Feature

You may have watched the fireworks over a post I wrote last week questioning whether Fred Thompson was pro-life in 1994 and 1996. Well, look at this mix-up. On Today, Andrea Mitchell reported that Thompson is “anti-abortion but opposes overturning Roe v. Wade.”
But that’s not what he seemed to tell Chris Wallace:

Chris Wallace: “Do you want to overturn Roe v. Wade?”
Thompson: “I think Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad medical science. And the way to address that is through good judges. I don’t think the court ought to wake up one day and make new social policy for the country that’s contrary to what it’s been for the last 200 years. We have a process in this country to do that. Judges shouldn’t be doing that. That’s what happened in the that case. I think it was wrong.”

Newsbusters gets to the bottom of all this, concluding that:

“…on all the evidence, I believe Thompson’s statement on Fox strongly suggests he favors overturning Roe. My sense is that Mitchell and NBC didn’t intentionally misrepresent his position, but might have heard what they were hoping to hear.”

In other words, it seems he does want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Interestingly, MSNBC put up a graphic that said he was against gay marriage. However, according to the Tennessean, he’s personally against gay “marriage” but not in favor of a federal amendment banning such “marriages.”
UPDATE: See David’s post “RAMESH GETS IT RIGHT (TWICE).”


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