Missouri Pro-Life Democrat Enters Primary Race for Governor
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
March 20, 2004
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Pledging to be a pro-life alternative for his party, Cole County Auditor Jim LePage announced Wednesday that he is entering the Missouri gubernatorial race.
"Our party has gained an image as the pro-abortion party," LePage said. "While that has been the image our leadership has presented, I believe the average Democratic Party members and voters across the state are opposed to abortion and hunger for a Democratic candidate who is pro-life."
LePage’s belief is well-founded.
A poll last year of Democratic caucus voters in Iowa found that 33% of those interviewed said they would not consider themselves pro-choice, but 63% of respondents stated that they do not believe that "Abortion should be legal and generally available and subject to only limited regulation."
In the primary race, LePage will challenge incumbent Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill, both pro-abortion Democrats.
LePage’s entry in the race has delighted the state’s leading pro-life group.
"We are very pleased that a pro-life Democrat has filed for the Democrat primary for Governor. Pro-life Democrats will now have a qualified, pro-life candidate to vote for. We will encourage anyone voting in the Democrat primary to vote for Jim LePage,” Pam Fichter, president of Missouri Right to Life told LifeNews.com.
In February, Governor Holden addressed a pro-abortion rally, calling pro-life legislators hypocrites for supporting restrictions on abortion while loosening restrictions on business and agriculture, and pledged to veto any pro-life legislation that reached his desk.
However, as the legislature in Missouri has a pro-life majority, they have had little problem overriding Holden’s vetoes. Americans United for Life, a pro-life legal group that helps draft and defend pro-life legislation, recognized Missouri as one of nine states last year to pass at least two pieces of legislation further protecting unborn children — despite Holden’s efforts.
Republican candidate for governor and Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt has also announce his candidacy.
During a campaign kick-off in St. Louis, Blunt said, "I’m clearly pro-life." To back up that statement, Blunt said that he would support legislation barring late-term abortions and requiring counseling for women considering abortions.
While the Democratic National Committee’s website has links to numerous pro-abortion organizations and businesses including Planned Parenthood, NOW, and NARAL, they have repeatedly denied a similar link to Democrats for Life, a pro-life organization of party members.
Missouri Right to Life – https://www.missourilife.org
Democrats for Life – https://www.democratsforlife.org