Missouri: A 2016 Pro-Life Battleground We Must Win

State   |   Marilyn Musgrave   |   Nov 1, 2016   |   6:41PM   |   Jefferson City, MO

There are several theories as to why Missouri is called the “Show Me State.” The most popular theory attributes the saying to Missouri Congressman Wilard Duncan Vandiver, who served from 1897 to 1903. In a speech at a banquet in Philadelphia, he said: “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”

When politicians run for office, they like to talk about being pro-life. But it’s not until they’re actually in office and have been battle-tested with tough votes have they shown us they’re pro-life.

Senator Roy Blunt has talked the talk and walked the walk. He has served Missouri in Congress since 1997, and has had 101 opportunities to vote pro-life. He has voted pro-life every single time. And not only does Sen. Blunt vote pro-life, he leads on it too. Senator Blunt is the chairman of the Senate Values Action Team (VAT) which serves as point-guard for all pro-life, pro-family initiatives in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Blunt is now in the political fight of his life. He is facing Jason Kander, a young war veteran running as a moderate. But don’t let his rhetoric fool you: He’s no moderate when it comes to abortion. While in the Missouri legislature, Kander voted against a ban on painful late-term abortions. The bill passed 119 to 38, putting Kander in the extreme pro-abortion minority. If you need any further evidence, look no further than his endorsement from Planned Parenthood, America’s abortion giant.

Making this race even more important is the fact that it could determine control of the U.S. Senate.

It is because of these high stakes that SBA List’s Women Speak Out PAC has troops on the ground in Missouri, knocking on the doors of pro-life voters who do not normally vote in every election. We’re informing them of Jason Kander’s extreme support for late-term abortion, and reminding them that Sen. Roy Blunt is a pro-life champion. We’re layering on voter contact mail and also running this hard-hitting ad digitally. We cannot afford to lose this seat – if we do, it likely means we lose the Senate and hand over the Senate’s Supreme Court confirmation process to pro-abortion forces.

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Beyond this Senate race, there are several other races deserving attention of pro-lifers in Missouri:

  • Governor: Eric Greitens is the Republican nominee and is pro-life. He is running against pro-abortion Democrat Chris Koster. Koster used to be pro-life, but betrayed the pro-life movement as he sought higher office and is now endorsed by America’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. There is a solid pro-life majority in the Missouri legislature eager to send life-saving legislation to a pro-life Governor. This is a “toss up” race and one we must win.
  • Attorney General: Josh Hawley is the Republican nominee and is a proven pro-life legal warrior. Look no further than the landmark Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, which was a big victory for conscience rights and religious liberty: Hawley served as part of the legal team defending Hobby Lobby through his work with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Hawley is running against Teresa Hensley who is endorsed by EMILY’s List – an extreme pro-abortion group. Missouri needs a strong Attorney General who is ready to defend life-saving laws in the courts! That’s why SBA List Candidate Fund has proudly endorsed Hawley in his election bid.
  • Secretary of State:  Jay Ashcroft is the Republican nominee and is strongly pro-life, rooted in his own personal family experiences. He is running against Robin Smith, who is endorsed by Planned Parenthood. SBA List Candidate Fund has proudly endorsed Ashcroft for this important position.

Without a doubt, Missouri is a top pro-life battleground, and there are more races to be explored, but these are the top ones that must be highlighted. For further information, check out our friends at Missouri Right to Life PAC.

LifeNews Note: Marilyn Musgrave is a former Congresswoman and VP for Government Affairs at SBA List.