Gov. Mike Parson has received the endorsement of the Missouri Right to Life PAC, the state’s largest anti-abortion advocacy organization, as he runs for a full term in office.
The group cited Parson’s support for HB 126, a sweeping anti-abortion bill he signed earlier this year that has partially gone into effect. Full implementation, including a ban on abortions at eight, 14, 18, or 20 weeks, has been blocked in court thus far.
“Governor Parson has a proven record of defending innocent human lives, protecting women’s health, and consistently and eloquently standing up for vulnerable people throughout Missouri, especially unborn children,” Susan Klein, Missouri Right to Life’s executive director, said. “His leadership as governor helped obtain passage of the most pro-life bill in Missouri history. We look forward to working hard to return a pro-life governor to Jefferson City by electing Governor Parson.”
Missouri Right to Life PAC also endorsed Parson when he ran for lieutenant governor in 2016. He said he is “humbled” by the endorsement.
“Holding my new granddaughter in my arms is a precious reminder that all life must be respected and protected, and each child must be given the opportunity to reach their God-given potential,” Parson said. “In Missouri, we stand for life, protecting women’s health and advocating for the unborn. I believe that all life has value and is worth protecting.”
“While it is great news that more and more Missourians are choosing life — we know our work is not done,” he added. “I’ll continue advocating and promoting a culture of life here in Missouri — but as we witness governors across the nation in states like New York, Virginia, and Illinois lead celebrations for abortions outside the womb — as your governor, I’ll never waiver in the fight to protect those without a voice.”
Parson faces state Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, in the 2020 gubernatorial election. Galloway has remained critical of the abortion law, calling it a “travesty for women.”
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a reporter with The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in March 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City. Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S. and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa. She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Contact Kaitlyn at email@example.com.