Fred Thompson and Pro-Life Folly

I don't see how anyone can read the transcript of Fred Thompson's Meet the Press appearance - not just the portions where he discusses Roe v. Wade and federalism, but his inarticulate attempts to talk around the question of whether first-term abortion should be illegal - and think that in a field that includes several other pro-life candidates (Romney, McCain, Huckabee), it's Thompson who most deserves the endorsement of the country's leading pro-life advocacy group . Yes, McCain and Romney have their problems as well, from the perspective of a pro-life purist; yes, Huckabee is a long shot. But particularly given what a lousy campaign Thompson has run - it's not as if the NRLC is guaranteeing itself a place at the front-runner's table with this endorsement - one of those three has to be the better choice.

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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