Thompson Wants Abortion Ruling Reversal

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson makes a campaign stop in Greenville, S.C., last month. (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Fred Thompson, endorsed by the National Right To Life Committee, said that reversing Roe v. Wade would allow states to restrict abortion, but acknowledged that some could permit abortion on demand.

The former Tennessee senator said yesterday that reversal has a better practical chance than a constitutional amendment banning abortion.

A reversal would leave state governments in charge of abortion policy once again. States enacted their own laws before the Supreme Court's historic ruling in 1973 that established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

Thompson predicted if there is a reversal, states would have the ability to restrict abortion more than they do now.

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