by Steven Ertelt
January 26, 2008
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — A statewide pro-life group in Missouri has given Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee its endorsement. The Show Me State is one of the couple dozen states that will participate in the massive Super Tuesday voting contest on February 5 after Florida voters head to the polls next week.
Missouri Right to Life said that it chose to back Huckabee after its board of directors and political action committee reviewed the candidate’s positions and level of support nationwide and in Missouri.
The group told LifeNews.com that it chose to endorse Huckabee "due to his unsurpassed and steadfast support of pro-life principles during more than 10 years of public service."
As the governor of Arkansas, Huckabee oversaw passage of several pro-life bills, including a partial-birth abortion ban, parental notification, unborn victims of violence law and measures helping women know about abortion’s risks and alternatives.
In addition, Governor Huckabee was the second governor in the country to sign into law a true ban on human cloning outlawing the creation and destruction of living human embryos for research.
Missouri Right to Life said it appreciated that action because of the fight in the state over human cloning and embryonic stem cell research funding.
"MRL encourages pro-life citizens, regardless of their political affiliation, to explore Governor Huckabees candidacy," the group said.
Dave Plemmons of Missouri Right to Life said the group’s board chose to weigh in on the race after pro-life candidate Fred Thompson dropped out.
"Mike Huckabee was the most acceptable candidate on life issues," Plemmons told KY3-TV.
"Other candidates who are viable have problems with either abortion, or embryonic stem cell research. Mike Huckabee’s pro-life record is stellar," Plemmons added, referring to John McCain and Mitt Romney — both of whom endorse some embryonic stem cell research.
Plemmons said his group would help Huckabee throughout the state.