Anti-Abortion Group to Back Thompson

NRLC decision could boost his campaign among conservatives
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 7:39 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Tenn. Sen. Fred Thompson, talks to reporters after speaking to local residents during a stop at the Uncommon Grounds coffee house Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, in Indianola,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An influential anti-abortion group will endorse Fred Thompson today, despite qualms among the religious right over his hesitancy to see abortion as a federal issue, the Tennessean reports. "The key is how he voted," a spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee says. The decision could give Thompson's sluggish campaign a much-needed boost. 

Although Thompson opposes abortion and would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, he does not support a federal law or amendment banning the procedure. He'd rather leave it to the states, the Tennessean notes. This stance has left Thompson with divided support among social conservatives. The former Tennessee senator will not attend the announcement because he's campaigning in South Carolina.