Where Do the U.S. Senate Candidates Stand on Issues of Concern
to Christian Families?
In addition to the decision about who will serve as President for the next four years, there are many other races on the ballot tomorrow of great importance. In Missouri, the race of greatest significance is that for the U.S. Senate, where incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill is being challenged by Congressman Todd Akin.
While the office of President is clearly the most powerful and influential elected position in our nation, it is the U.S. Congress that makes the laws of our nation and determines in large part the policy direction of our government. It is important that elected officials in the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate hold convictions that reflect the Christian values of American families and respect the Christian heritage of our nation.
The Missouri Family Policy Council has prepared the following analysis of the positions of the candidates for U.S. Senate and their past records on the subjects of the sanctity of human life, marriage, the family, and traditional values. While there are many issues of interest to families in our country, we believe these issues are of paramount importance in determining the collective character and moral conscience of the United States of America.
This analysis is a factual and objective review of the candidate's past and present stands on these issues. We encourage you to evaluate it carefully and consider it prayerfully as you prepare to cast your ballot. Please share this information with family and friends, fellow church members, neighbors, and associates at school and in the workplace.
Please be praying that the American people will have a discerning spirit as they make their choices about the future moral direction and spiritual climate of our nation.
The Sanctity of Human Life
*Senator Claire McCaskill supports abortion on demand, and the Roe v. Wade
decision legalizing abortion. She does not believe preborn children are entitled to protection under the law. She has received a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.
*As a member of the Missouri Legislature, Senator McCaskill voted against legislation to ban partial-birth abortion.
*Senator McCaskill voted for President Obama's health care legislation (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) which includes federal subsidies for abortion and an abortion surcharge premium. She voted against subsequent legislation which would have removed abortion funding from the national health care bill, often referred to as Obamacare.
*Senator McCaskill supports the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate which requires that all health insurance plans include coverage for abortifacient drugs and contraceptives. She has opposed efforts to exclude religious institutions and organizations from the mandate, which violates the religious doctrines and beliefs of many Christian denominations.
*Senator McCaskill supports federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and voted against legislation which would have ended federal appropriations to
the nation's leading abortion provider.
*Senator McCaskill supports human cloning and the destruction of human embryos for medical research, and has voted for federal funding for such research. She also supported Amendment 2 in Missouri, the amendment which placed language in Missouri's Constitution establishing a constitutional right to clone and kill human embyros.
*Senator McCaskill is one of the top candidates in the country being financially supported by EMILY's List, the nation's leading pro-abortion political action committee. The chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was a co-host for a recent fundraising event for Senator McCaskill.
*Congressman Todd Akin supports legal protection for the lives of unborn children, and opposes the Roe v. Wade decision which struck down state laws regulating abortion. "Life is a fundamental right granted to us by our Creator and the government's role is to protect this right. I believe that life begins at conception and I'm appalled that we do not protect the innocent lives of our unborn children."
*Congressman Akin supports passage of a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would provide legal protection to every human being from conception till natural death.
*Congressman Akin supports the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortion. He has also co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would ban the use of any federal funds for elective abortions.
*Congressman Akin opposes federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and voted for legislation to terminate federal appropriations to the nation's leading abortion provider.
*Congressman Akin voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. He opposed the inclusion of abortion subsidies and abortion surcharges included in Obamacare. Congressman Akin co-sponsored legislation to remove the abortion subsidies and abortion premiums from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also sponsored legislation to prohibit abortion subsidies in multi-state health insurance exchanges, a feature of Obamacare.
*Congressman Akin opposes human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. "It is wrong to build science upon the lives of our unborn children. There are other viable options involving use of adult stem cells and cord blood stem cells which do not destroy human life." Congressman Akin opposes the use of federal funds to support research which would result in the destruction of human embryos.
*Congressman Akin opposes the Obama Administration's contraceptive and abortion drug mandate, which requires all health insurance policies to include coverage of abortifacient drugs and contraceptives.
*Congressman Akin has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
Marriage, the Family, and Traditional Values
*Senator Claire McCaskill has failed to support a Federal Marriage Amendment to preserve the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. She opposed the Missouri Marriage Amendment in 2004, which placed language in the Missouri Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Senator McCaskill supports the establishment of civil unions as a legal endorsement of homosexual relationships.
*Senator McCaskill has taken no position on the Defense of Marriage Act, which protects states from being required to recognize homosexual unions legally ratified in other states.
*Senator McCaskill supports the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would provide special employment rights to homosexuals.
*Senator McCaskill voted for the new federal law allowing service in the U.S. military by avowed homosexuals.
*Senator McCaskill has received an 80% rating from the Human Rights Campaign, the leading national organization promoting the homosexual agenda.
*Congressman Akin opposes efforts to redefine marriage and supports a Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Congressman Akin also opposes the legal establishment of civil unions.
*Congressman Akin supports the Defense of Marriage Act, and supported Congressional funding to ensure that the Defense of Marriage Act is defended in federal courts.
*Congressman Akin opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would provide special employment rights for homosexuals.
*Congressman Akin voted against the bill which repealed existing military standards prohibiting active service in the U.S. military by avowed homosexuals.
*Congressman Akin sponsored legislation to prohibit the performance of same-sex ceremonies on U.S. military bases, in accordance with the Defense of Marriage Act.