State of Missouri Archives: on Abortion


Nicole Galloway: Trusts women to make their own healthcare decisions

On abortion, Galloway has a well-documented dislike of HB 126, the new ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions. Yet what does Galloway think abortion policy should be? Are any restrictions acceptable to her? Her campaign responds that "she trusts women to make their own healthcare decisions in consultation with their family, doctor, and faith," a phrase she's used several times before.
Source: St. Louis Magazine on 2020 Missouri gubernatorial race Feb 8, 2020

Mike Parson: Ban abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy

Missouri will not renew Planned Parenthood's license to perform abortions unless the clinic fully complies with the state's requests, said Parson during a press conference. The clinic is the last one performing abortions in the state. The governor claimed, "Planned Parenthood has been actively and knowingly violating state law on numerous occasions." Parson said. "They should not receive any exceptions because they are one clinic." But it makes no exceptions for cases involving rape or incest.

[Democratic opponent Nicole] Galloway is making her opposition to the law a cornerstone of her campaign, calling it "outrageous" in an August video announcing her candidacy. When she publicly mused about making a bid for Parson's seat earlier this year, she cited the abortion law as a factor pushing her toward running.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2020 Missouri Gubernatorial race Sep 8, 2019

Nicole Galloway: Upset about Missouri's pro-life abortion position

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway hints she is upset enough about the state's position on abortion rights she may run for governor next year. [Governor Mike Parson on Abortion is Solidly pro-life].

Galloway recently defended her incumbency in a statewide election and has not hitherto been seen as a prospective chief executive.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2020 Missouri Gubernatorial race Jun 8, 2019

Nicole Galloway: Abortion ban gives new rights & opportunities to rapists

Missouri finds itself in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons again--this time, by giving new rights and opportunities to rapists. By signing House Bill 126, which bans abortions even in the case of rape, incest or human trafficking, Gov. Mike Parson has spoken loud and clear. He wants rapists in Missouri to have more power over their victims. A survivor of rape must accept that her attacker could have parental rights.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Missouri voting record HB.126 Jun 3, 2019

Mike Parson: Enforces law which shuts down only abortion clinic in state

Missouri will not renew Planned Parenthood's license to perform abortions unless the clinic fully complies with the state's requests, said Parson during a press conference. The clinic is the last one performing abortions in the state. The governor claimed, "Planned Parenthood has been actively and knowingly violating state law on numerous occasions." Parson said. "They should not receive any exceptions because they are one clinic."
Source: CBS News on 2020 Missouri gubernatorial race May 29, 2019

Mike Parson: Signs bill criminalizing abortion after eight weeks

Parson signed a bill that criminalizes abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Any person who performs an abortion after eight weeks--often before many women are aware they are pregnant--could be charged with a felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison. The legislation does not have exceptions for victims of rape or incest. It does have a carve-out for cases of medical emergencies. Parson has said he would like to make Missouri "the most Pro-Life state in the country,"
Source: NPR.org on 2020 Missouri gubernatorial race May 24, 2019

Jim Neely: Voted for abortion ban at 8 weeks, but had not read it

Neely said as a doctor he had some hesitancy on the bill as it did not make exceptions for rape and incest or address cases of human trafficking. "I think the two extremes need to be getting together," he said. Despite his concerns, Neely voted in favor of the ban, telling the Courier-Tribune he did not read the legislation and later adding he doesn't know anyone that likes the idea of an abortion.
Source: Courier-Tribune on 2020 Missouri Gubernatorial race May 17, 2019

Josh Hawley: Roe v. Wade was one of the most unjust decisions

Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Hawley: Ban. Called Roe v. Wade "one of the most unjust decisions" in U.S. judicial history.

McCaskill: Legal. Supported bill to prevent abortion providers being singled out for medically unwarranted restrictions

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Claire McCaskill: Fund Planned Parenthood; protect abortion providers

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Josh Hawley (R): Ban. Called Roe v. Wade "one of the most unjust decisions" in U.S. judicial history.

Claire McCaskill (D): Legal. Supported bill to prevent abortion providers being singled out for medically unwarranted restrictions.

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Josh Hawley (R): Yes. Was lawyer in Hobby Lobby case that gave businesses religious freedom rights to withhold this coverage.

Claire McCaskill (D): No. Says best way to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions is by expanding access to birth control.

Q: Allow public funding of Planned Parenthood for non-abortion health services?

Josh Hawley (R): "No tax money of any kind."

Claire McCaskill (D): Yes. Taking away birth control will increase abortions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Josh Hawley: Roe v. Wade was most unjust decision in U.S. history

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Josh Hawley (R): Ban. Called Roe v. Wade "one of the most unjust decisions" in U.S. judicial history.

Claire McCaskill (D): Legal. Supported bill to prevent abortion providers being singled out for medically unwarranted restrictions.

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Josh Hawley (R): Yes. Was lawyer in Hobby Lobby case that gave businesses religious freedom rights to withhold this coverage.

Claire McCaskill (D): No. Says best way to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions is by expanding access to birth control.

Q: Allow public funding of Planned Parenthood for non-abortion health services?

Josh Hawley (R): "No tax money of any kind."

Claire McCaskill (D): Yes. Taking away birth control will increase abortions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike Parson: Solidly pro-life; supports protecting rights of the unborn

Mike has always been supportive of protecting the rights of the unborn, and he has consistently voted for legislation that has made our state among the most pro-life in the nation, including the measure extending the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Source: 2018 Missouri Gubernatorial campaign website MikeParson.com Sep 18, 2018

Josh Hawley: New abortion restrictions protects women

New abortion regulations took effect on Tuesday that critics argue will make it more difficult for women to access the procedure. "This is about making it as difficult as possible to obtain an abortion," a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said. Attorney General Josh Hawley praised the law in a statement issued on Monday, saying, "SB5 enacts sensible regulations that protect the health of women in Missouri and we will continue to vigorously defend these."
Source: Reuters on Missouri voting records for SB5 Oct 24, 2017

Tony Monetti: Pro-life, but support healthcare & adoption

While I am morally committed to a Pro-Life stance, we have a responsibility to go beyond our words and moral stance. I am equally passionate about finding ways to help young mothers who choose life through finding and accessing health care and support services, providing viable adoption options for the mothers and adoptive parents, and supporting children through educational, health, and support services to ensure them a welcoming place in our society.
Source: 2018 Missouri Senatorial website MonettiForSenate.com Oct 15, 2017

Angelica Earl: Loudly, proudly pro-choice

I am Pro-choice! I will say it loudly and proudly. There are zero reasons good enough to prevent a woman from making decisions about what is best for her own body. The decision is hers alone and I intend on keeping it that way. Conversations about this should be between her and her doctor.
Source: 2018 Missouri Senatorial website AngelicaForMissouri.com Sep 15, 2017

Jason Kander: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Blunt: No

Kander: Yes

Q: On Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Blunt: Yes

Kander: No

Q: On Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Blunt: Yes

Kander: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Jason Kander: Endorsed by NARAL for perfect pro-choice voting records

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC announced its endorsement of Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander in his bid for the Senate. His perfect pro-choice voting records and continuous efforts to stand against attacks on women's reproductive freedom make the candidate the champion for women and families we need in Congress.

"Jason Kander has consistently demonstrated his commitment to protecting Missouri women and families," said the NARAL Pro-Choice America National Political Director. "Kander is a leader who understands that women's success is America's success and that means making sure women have access to a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion care. Whether opposing partisan efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or fighting to ensure women have access to basic health care, he's made one thing very clear: women's reproductive freedom is a top priority. Jason Kander is the kind of leaders Missouri women and families need in Congress."

Source: ProChoiceAmerica.org on 2016 Missouri Senate race Jul 26, 2016

John Brunner: Fight back against judges dictating values on our churches

Unelected federal judges continue to dictate their values on our communities, synagogues, and churches. We will fight back. Dozens of states have sued and taken on the Obama administration's attempts to require churches, Christian universities, and religious organizations to violate their religious convictions. Missouri has yet to join the fight. We must lead from the front! My Mission:
Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website JohnBrunner.com May 10, 2016

Lester Turilli: Every life is precious

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Every life in Missouri is precious and he loves babies.I value both the mother and the child and advocate eliminating abortion permanently from our state. Mothers need counseling, attention, care, nutrition, support, and love which should be provided through community organizations and churches. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..." (Jeremiah 1:5).

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Austin Petersen: Against abortion, but would limit government role

"I believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all humans. All humans have the same rights, and that means to me that we should always adopt a pro-life stance as libertarians because human life is the zenith." Petersen called for human life to be protected and insisted that fetuses are humans. He also said that he would look for limited government ways to do so, such as legalizing over-the-counter birth control.
Source: Libertarian Republic on 2018 Missouri Senate race Mar 23, 2016

Eric Greitens: Every life is precious; defend & promote life

TOGETHER, WE CAN PROTECT LIFE. I believe that every life is precious. I am pro-life, and I very strongly believe we must promote life, defend life, and that in a free society, no person should have their tax money taken from them, and spent on organizations like Planned Parenthood, that engage in activities that are, quite simply, barbaric.
Source: 2016 Missouri Governor campaign website EricGreitens.com Oct 9, 2015

Chris Koster: Planned Parenthood didn't illegally dispose of fetal tissue

Now we know why it took Chris Koster so long to report on his investigation into Planned Parenthood and the bogus allegations of profiting from the sale of fetal organs and tissue. Koster's work appears to be incredibly thorough. His staff examined the procedure for disposing of fetal tissue at the Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region & Southwest Missouri, the only clinic in Missouri that performs surgical abortions.

`As a result of our investigation, the office of the MO Attorney General has found no evidence that PPSLR has engaged in unlawful disposal of fetal organs or tissue,` the report states.

A state Senate `sanctity of life` committee was formed by Sen. Kurt Schaefer. The Columbia clinic proved to be a productive target for the ruthlessly ambitious Schaefer, a Republican who wants to replace Koster, a Democrat, as attorney general. Schaefer got the Mizzou administration to revoke a doctor's admitting privilege and cause the Columbia clinic to cease performing abortions.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Sep 28, 2015

Peter Kinder: Investigate organizations harvesting aborted babies' parts

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today called for hearings regarding the `abhorrent revelations` from a video that shows a top Planned Parenthood official casually discussing the shipment of aborted fetus body parts to research labs.

`The abhorrent revelations in this video are sickening and unacceptable,` Kinder said. `Not only is the specter of carefully killing 17- week-old babies so as to harvest specific body parts horrific beyond measure, this activity also is criminal, violating federal and state laws. We in Missouri have been a pro-life state for many years, and we must hold hearings on this to determine what exactly is going on at Planned Parenthood. We cannot stand idly by in the face of such a callous and ghoulish revelation. Any organization participating in, profiting from or sponsoring the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies must be held accountable.`

In 1997, as a state senator, Kinder led the effort to ban partial-birth abortion in Missouri.

Source: Missouri Times on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Jul 16, 2015

Todd Akin: Resisted stepping aside after "legitimate rape" comment

Republican Todd Akin and incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill debated on Thursday, but did not discuss Akin's "legitimate rape" remark that drew national attention to their US Senate race. Akin's comment in August that women have biological defenses against pregnancies that might be caused by "legitimate rapes," which he later retracted, drew widespread rebukes even from members of his own party. The 6-term congressman resisted requests that he step aside for another candidate to take on McCaskill.
Source: Reuters on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

John Brunner: Pledges support to overthrow of Roe v. Wade

Asked whether the candidates supported a constitutional amendment saying life begins at conception, Akin staked out the strongest stance. "Yes, I would support a constitutional amendment," he said.

Brunner and Steelman both said they would want to look at the wording of a proposed amendment before endorsing it while still trying to portray a strong anti-abortion stance, with Steelman saying she does believe life begins at conception and Brunner pledging support to the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Sarah Steelman: Life begins at conception; consider Constitutional Amendment

Asked whether the candidates supported a constitutional amendment saying life begins at conception, Akin staked out the strongest stance. "Yes, I would support a constitutional amendment," he said.

Brunner and Steelman both said they would want to look at the wording of a proposed amendment before endorsing it while still trying to portray a strong anti-abortion stance, with Steelman saying she does believe life begins at conception and Brunner pledging support to the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Todd Akin: Life begins at conception; support Constitutional Amendment

Asked whether the candidates supported a constitutional amendment saying life begins at conception, Akin staked out the strongest stance. "Yes, I would support a constitutional amendment," he said.

Brunner and Steelman both said they would want to look at the wording of a proposed amendment before endorsing it while still trying to portray a strong anti-abortion stance, with Steelman saying she does believe life begins at conception and Brunner pledging support to the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Catherine Hanaway: Waiting periods; parental notification; & other restrictions

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Nancy Farmer: Make abortions legally available including funding

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

  • The above quotations are from State of Missouri Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Abortion.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2020 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Jan 28, 2021