"Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy." — A survey question to which Thompson checked yes in 1994.
"I do not believe abortion should be criminalized." - Fred Thompson in 1996
"I was single for a long time, and, yep, I chased a lot of women. And a lot of women chased me. And those that chased me tended to catch me." — Thompson earlier this year describing his 1985-2002 bachelorhood.
Here's the deal about "Hollywood Fred" Thompson. It's the same deal for most red-blooded American men who routinely bed down with women they're not married to. Like bombing Iran, abortion is never a first, second, or even fifth choice. But it is an option that needs to stay "on the table."
When Fred was sleeping around, abortion was not the government's business.
Now that he's re-married with a new batch of young kids he's changed his tune, as seen in this FoxNews interview with Chris Wallace:
WALLACE: Do you want to overturn Roe vs. Wade?
THOMPSON: I think Roe vs. Wade was bad law and bad medical science.... I think it was wrong.
It's easy to be 'pro-life' when you're a settled father and family man. It's another thing altogether to oppose abortion in absolute terms when you're a Hollywood actor playing the field and you face the prospect of unintentionally bringing a child into the world with your latest conquest.
Not everyone wants to live out their own personal Knocked Up script. When it was relevant to him, Fred Thompson respected that choice.