August 27, 2000
volume 11, no. 152

NEWS for Sunday, August 27, 2000

ST. LOUIS, MO, Pro-Life Infonet

    Abortion has entered the advertising war in Missouri's U.S. Senate race. Pro-life U.S. Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO) and pro-abortion Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-MO) have spent thousands of dollars to advertise their records on various political isues, but until recently they had avoided the volatile issue of abortion.

    That changed this week with an Ashcroft radio ad in which he says Carnahan "refused to show mercy for innocent life" when he vetoed partial-birth abortion bans in 1997 and 1999.

    Thus far, the higher-profile television ads of both candidates have been silent on an issue that has consumed Missouri politics for years and one in which the two men are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Carnahan's 1999 veto of a partial-birth abortion ban was overturned by a Democrat-controlled General Assembly, making him the first governor since 1980 to suffer a veto override.

    Republican incumbent Ashcroft, on the other hand, is firmly pro-life. In 1998, he co-sponsored a Constitutional amendment that would have protected the right to life.

    Both men have been labelled extremists on the issue by opponents, but a Carnahan spokeswoman said that neither has to make their views clear in the latest campaign.

    "The reason a lot of people havent been talking about it is everyone knows where these two guys stand on this issue," Sara Howard said. "People know where they stand, and people arent going to make their decisions based on that issue. The people that are going to make their decisions on that issue have already made their decisions."

    Ashcroft spokesman David James said abortion hasnt been downplayed by Ashcroft. "All issues are important in this race," James said.

    Political action committees on both sides have weighed in with support of their candidate.

    Ashcroft received two donations from the National Right to Life Political Action Committee: $1,000 on March 11, 1999; $1,000 on Oct. 18, 1999.

    Carnahan received the following donations from the National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League PAC: $1,000 on April 29, 1999; $4,000 on June 25, 1999; $1,500 on Dec. 9, 1999; $3,500 on Feb. 24, 2000.

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