Missouri Pro-Life Group Concerned Jay Nixon Will Promote Abortion as Governor
by Steven Ertelt
January 12, 2009
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Jay Nixon takes the oath of office today as the next governor of Missouri and a pro-life group is concerned that the former attorney general will promote abortion. Joe Ortwerth of the Missouri Family Policy Council tells LifeNews.com that Nixon has a history of abortion advocacy.
Nixon won a convincing victory in November and some pundits suggest that it gives him a mandate to govern as he pleases.
But Ortwerth says a strong majority of Missouri residents are pro-life and expect him to govern more moderately than he would otherwise.
"On the issue of abortion, Governor Nixon has a troubling record," Ortwerth says.
Nixon took a pro-life position during his years as a state senator from Jefferson County, but when he began campaigning for statewide office he altered his position and has adopted a viewpoint supporting abortion.
Ortwerth points out that, during the gubernatorial campaign, Nixon reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that allowed virtually unlimited abortions.
He also declined to answer a question from the Associated Press as to whether he would veto legislation providing additional protection for unborn children and said he supported the current state laws on abortion as they stand now.
However, Ortwerth says Nixon hasn’t been a strong advocate of those laws as attorney general and pointed out that, on one occasion, the Missouri Senate hired its own attorney to defend a pro-life law passed by the General Assembly.
"He is a supporter of human cloning through embryonic stem cell research, and was endorsed by the Missouri chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League," he tells LifeNews.com.
Ortwerth is also concerned that Nixon will open the floodgates further for taxpayer funding of abortion businesses and pro-abortion groups.
"Governor Nixon played a leading role in the establishment of the Missouri Foundation for Health, an organization dedicated to providing assistance to uninsured Missourians," he said. "Since its inception, the Missouri Foundation for Health has granted over $450,000 to Planned Parenthood and NARAL."
Governor Nixon was also a central player in a high-profile euthanasia case that worries pro-life advocates.
"When Jay Nixon assumed the office of Attorney General, he abandoned the legal defense of Christine Busalacchi, who was starved to death for no reason other than that she was physically and mentally disabled," Ortwerth said.
Ultimately, Ortwerth said his group would join pro-life groups in lobbying Nixon to make sure he knows Missouri citizens don’t want more abortion or euthanasia.
"We hope and pray that Governor Nixon will respect and accommodate the sentiments of Missouri families on the subjects of the sanctity of human life," he concludes.
Related web sites:
Missouri Family Policy Council – https://www.missourifamily.org
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