Where Do the U.S. Senate
Candidates Stand on
Life, Marriage, & Family?

 

 

Three weeks from tomorrow Missouri voters will decide who will represent them in the United States Senate for the next six years alongside Senator Claire McCaskill.  Incumbent Senator Roy Blunt is opposed by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and other third-party candidates.  The question of who represents our state in the U.S. Senate is very important, since many issues involving the sanctity of life, family life, and religious freedom are discussed and acted upon in this body.   

 

One of the key issues to be decided by the person elected to the U.S. Senate is who will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Members of the Senate are expected to be voting on other Supreme Court nominees over the next six years as well.  The future of the family, our Christian values, and our religious liberties are very much at stake.  We pray that citizens of our state will choose as our U.S. Senator a person who will  honor God, respect the Christian faith, and uphold Biblical values in discharging the duties of office.  

 

The Missouri Family Policy Council has prepared the following analysis of the positions of the candidates and their past records on the subjects of marriage, the family, and religious freedom.   We encourage you to evaluate this information carefully and consider it prayerfully as you prepare to cast your ballot.  Please share this information with family and friends, fellow church members, and associates at school and in the workplace. 

  

The Right to Life  

 

 

JASON KANDER, Democrat 

 

*Jason Kander supports the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand.  As a member of the Missouri Legislature, Kander also voted against a bill banning most late-term abortions.

 

*Jason Kander supports the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal taxpayer funding of abortion.  However, Kander does support the allocation of federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

 

*Jason Kander supports "Obamacare," which provides federal subsidies for abortion coverage in health insurance plans.

 

*Jason Kander has been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.    

 

ROY BLUNT, Republican 

 

*Roy Blunt opposes the Roe v. Wade decision which established abortion-on-demand.   Blunt has supported legislation which would ban dismemberment abortions.  He has co-sponsored and voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.   

 

*Roy Blunt has co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would make the Hyde Amendment a permanent part of federal law.  The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal taxpayer funding of elective abortion.  Roy Blunt has also voted on several occasions to eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

 

*Roy Blunt opposes "Obamacare," which provides federal subsidies to health insurance plans which cover elective abortions.  Blunt also led opposition to the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate, which required all insurance plans to include coverage of drugs and devices that induce abortion.

 

*Roy Blunt has been endorsed by the Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee.    

 

Marriage and the Family 

 

 

JASON KANDER, Democrat 

 

*Jason Kander supports the Supreme Court decision which redefined marriage to include same-sex unions.

ROY BLUNT, Republican

*Roy Blunt said he was "disappointed" in the Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex unions.  Blunt said that "traditional marriage is an indispensable building block for society."  However, Roy Blunt opposes a constitutional amendment restoring authority to the states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Religious Liberty

JASON KANDER, Democrat

*Jason Kander has voted for legislation which would include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes under Missouri's anti-discrimination statutes.  Such laws have been used in other states to sue Christian business owners and religious organizations because they declined to participate in same-sex union ceremonies.  Many business owners have suffered harsh financial penalties as a result.

*Jason Kander opposed a proposed state constitutional amendment during this year's legislative session which would have defended religious freedom.  The amendment would have protected pastors, churches, religious organizations, and Christian business owners from discrimination lawsuits because of their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.


ROY BLUNT, Republican


*Roy Blunt has sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would protect doctors and medical professionals from discrimination because they refuse to participate in abortions, or other actions which would end a human life.

*Roy Blunt led Congressional opposition to the Obama Administration's contraceptive and abortion drug mandate, which required that all health insurance plans include coverage for abortifacient drugs and devices.

*Roy Blunt voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have forced religious ministries and organizations to hire individuals who are opposed to their religious beliefs.

*Roy Blunt has co-sponsored the Military Religious Freedom Act, which would protect the religious conscience rights of members of the United States Armed Forces.

10/18/16

  

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