by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 25, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the nineteenth in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Missouri residents have three key statewide battles that can be involved in this election cycle. They have a clear choice between a president who has a long pro-life record and a challenger who backs abortion. They face the same pro-life vs. pro-abortion choice when it comes to selecting the next governor.
President Bush appears to be headed for victory against in Missouri. Bush won the state in 2000 by a 50-47 percent margin and he has a lead in each of the last 10 polls taken since early September, despite Kerry threatening to take the state out of the Bush column before that.
Meanwhile, the Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri has made it clear — he does not believe that taxpayer money should be used for abortion.
GOP standard-bearer Matt Blunt, 33, reiterated his position during a recent radio interview on KMOX-AM. Blunt said "it’s wrong to use taxpayer dollars" to fund abortion. Blunt also stated his opposition to the practice of partial-birth abortion.
In contrast, Blunt’s Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill, has adopted a position in favor of keeping abortion legal. During the same interview, McCaskill said the abortion question was difficult for her personally, adding that she believes the focus should be on preventing abortion rather than making abortions illegal.
McCaskill claimed pro-life groups just want to put women in jail. However, pro-life leaders, have said repeatedly they do not endorse criminalizing women seeking abortions and believe that such women are victims of deceitful abortion businesses that withhold information such as fetal development or abortion’s risks and alternatives.
McCaskill professes to be a Catholic, but St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has written a pastoral letter advising Catholics not to vote for pro-abortion political candidates.
According to Blunt’s campaign website, McCaskill has been an avid supporter of legal abortion.
The website states, "She has been endorsed and supported by pro-abortion organizations like (the abortion lobbying group) NARAL and (the pro-abortion) EMILY’s list and as a state legislator supported spending taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. She also opposed Missouri’s Partial Birth Abortion ban and the 24-hour waiting/counseling period legislation for women considering an abortion."
Blunt is causing some headaches for pro-life groups, despite his position against abortion. He favors embryonic stem cell research and, which pro-life advocates oppose because it involves the destruction of human life.
Polls show Blunt with a slight lead in the race.
In Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Kit Bond, who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, faces Democrat Nancy Farmer, who is pro-abortion and has been endorsed by activist pro-abortion groups.
According to National Right to Life, Bond co-sponsored the partial birth abortion ban. He also opposes Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion on demand. Bond has voted against taxpayer-funded abortions and abortions in military facilities. Bond was also the first Senator to introduce legislation to ban cloning to produce human embryos.
Bond has also used the bully pulpit to proclaim the pro-life message. He has called himself "very proudly pro-life."
He has also said, "One of life’s greatest gifts is our children, and we cannot allow them to be victims of this heinous and cruel procedure (of partial birth abortion)."
Farmer, meanwhile, has said, "I believe in the right to choose (abortion). This decision should be between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her God — but not her government."
National Right to Life states that she has routinely opposed legislation to protect unborn children.
She’s received $2,000 in donations from George Tiller, an infamous late-term abortionist. Farmer has also received money from EMILY’s list, and she supports abortion as a means of birth control.
Bond is seen as a shoe-in for re-election and is running anywhere from 18 to 25 percent ahead in recent surveys.
In the race for Secretary of State, pro-life Republican Catherine Hanaway faces pro-abortion Democrat Robin Carnahan. In the state Treasurer’s race, pro-life Republican Sarah Steelman is opposed by Democrat Mark Powell. And in the race for Attorney General, pro-life Republican Chris Byrd faces pro-abortion Democrat Jay Nixon.
Pro-life candidates for Congress who have received backing from pro-life groups include Leslie Farr (R 1st district); Todd Akin (R 2nd district); Bill Federer (R 3rd district); Ike Skelton (D 4th district); Jeanne Patterson (R 5th district); Sam Graves (R 6th district); Roy Blunt (R 7th district); Jo Ann Emerson (R 8th district); Kenny Hulshof (R 9th district).
Related web sites:
Missouri Right to Life PAC’s endorsements – https://www.missourilife.org/mrl_pac/election2004.pdf
Matt Blunt campaign website – https://mattblunt.com
Kit Bond campaign website – https://www.kitbond.com
Missouri Pro-Life Voters’ Guide – https://www.wevoteprolife.com/missouri.htm