So, the National Right to Life Committee is endorsing Fred Thompson (PDF). Thompson opposes amending the Constitution to declare that all human beings, born and unborn, are legal “persons” under the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment. He says, “I thought Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided,” but apparently he doesn’t think that the problem with it was that it denied the personhood of unborn human beings. He prefers the approach of appointing “conservative” (for which read “anti-privacy”) judges to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue of abortion back to the states.
This is 100% backwards. This is what you do when you think abortion is a matter of sexual morality, not a matter of violence against a human being.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the years defending pro-lifers against the charge that the question of fetal personhood is only a smokescreen, and we really just want to control women. In my experience, most grassroots pro-lifers really do believe that the unborn child is a human person with a right to life. But what to do when the premier anti-abortion organization throws its weight behind a candidate who apparently doesn’t believe it?
Maybe my experience is atypical. Or maybe our supposed leadership is failing to represent the majority of pro-lifers again.