Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson has won the endorsement of the National Right To Life Committee, NRLC and Republican sources say.

Thompson's voting record is pretty much down-the-line pro-life, but NRLC has apparently overlooked his support of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation, which NRLC went to court to fight. Also, in the early 1990s, Thompson has admitted helping lobbying for a pro-choice group.

In October, Thompson addressed the NRLC's presidential forum via satellite.

The NRLC's co-executive director, Darla St. Martin., is close with Thompson's wife/campaign adviser Jeri Kehn Thompson, but it's unclear, of course, whether the friendship played any role in the announcement.

In 2000, NRLC waited until Feb. 9 to endorse George W. Bush over John McCain.

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