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Missouri 2018 Race

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Senate Candidates

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), Incumbent, Endorsed
  • Josh Hawley (R)

Sen. Claire McCaskill

She’s fought tooth and nail to defend access to sexual and reproductive health care

Abortions are down in this country by a significant margin. Teenage pregnancies are down in this country by a significant margin. And you know what it is? It’s not rocket science — it’s birth control.

—Sen. Claire McCaskill

Source: KSMU

Sen. Claire McCaskill made history in 2006 when she became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. During that race, Sen. McCaskill gained a reputation as a fierce advocate for health care access. Since then, she’s fought and won real battles to advance reproductive health and rights.

Sen. McCaskill’s extensive record of helping to expand health care access includes her decade-long tenure in the U.S. Senate, where she has worked tirelessly to hold Congress accountable on health care — including access to birth control and safe, legal abortion.

Sen. McCaskill also successfully defended Planned Parenthood against anti-abortion politicians’ attempts to “defund” the organization  and block patients from accessing care at its health centers. She has stood with Planned Parenthood patients when it mattered most. Now Planned Parenthood supporters stand with her. She has a 100 percent rating on Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Congressional scorecard and is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Why We Support Sen. Claire McCaskill

  • She firmly supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has voted against efforts to undermine it.

  • She’s continuously defended Planned Parenthood against “defund” attacks and speaks out in support of patients’ access to care.

  • She’s helped protect access to safe, legal abortion.

Sen. Claire McCaskill On the Issues:


Sen. McCaskill has reliably voted to protect access to safe and legal abortion in Missouri and nationwide. Sen. McCaskill helped beat back a dangerous 20-week abortion ban, because she knows the country should not be criminalizing women and their doctors. She has also voted against the harmful global gag rule, which denies lifesaving health care to women in developing countries.

McCaskill  called a Missouri bill that would have required women to get consent from their male sex partner before getting an abortion, “offensive and absurd.” With help from her advocacy, the bill never passed.

Birth Control

Sen. McCaskill believes you should have access to birth control no matter who you work for. When her Missouri colleague Sen. Roy Blunt made an amendment to let employers deny access to birth control coverage based on a “moral conviction,” Sen. McCaskill spoke out: “If I work in the cafeteria at a hospital on one side of Interstate 270 and my sister works at a hospital on the other side of I-270, should my availability of birth control be determined by what organization runs the hospital?"

McCaskill has criticized attacks on access to birth control, reiterating to her anti-birth control, anti-abortion colleagues that “the best way to [decrease unintended pregnancies] is to expand access to birth control, not restrict it."

Planned Parenthood

As soon as she took office, Sen. McCaskill voted against what was then called the “Pence amendment” to block Planned Parenthood patients who rely on public health programs from accessing preventive care — such as lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment — at its health centers. Sen. McCaskill’s vote helped more than 25,000 Planned Parenthood patients in Missouri keep their provider of choice.

Anti-abortion politicians have continued to try to block Planned Parenthood patients from accessing preventive care. Sen. McCaskill defended Planned Parenthood and its patients at every turn — voting 11 times to protect them.

Health Care Access

Sen. McCaskill helped pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the historic health reform law that expanded access to health care for millions of women across the country. The ACA eliminated co-pays for birth control and other preventive reproductive health services and ensured coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Since the ACA’s passage, Sen. McCaskill has defended its coverage protections again and again.

Health Equity for All

McCaskill knows that health care equity means giving everyone what they need, depending on their individual situation. “Ensuring Missourians in every corner of our state have access to affordable, quality healthcare is a top priority,” she said.

Just this year, she held roundtable discussions on OB/GYN and other doctor shortages in rural Missouri and shared what she learned on the Senate floor; backed multiple bills to increase the number of doctors trained in Missouri's rural communities; supported a proposal to increase access to hospice care in rural areas; and cosponsored a bill to encourage more maternal health care providers to practice in rural areas.

Josh Hawley

An anti-abortion zealot who wants to take America back to the days the 1950s

Abortion is not a right. It is a violent act against the defenseless. It violates every principle of morality and should be barred by American law.

—Josh Hawley

Source: Life News, 8/8/17

Josh Hawley made a name for himself as the first vocally anti-abortion Missouri attorney general in decades — and he sure is vocal. He has repeatedly said abortion should be banned, and he has vociferously shared the outrageous, bizarre, and historically inaccurate views that back up his extreme anti-abortion agenda. Now Hawley wants to take his ideological agenda to the U.S. Senate.

We can’t let him. We can’t let a man become a U.S. senator who pledged to confirm anti-abortion judges to as many federal courts as he can — including voting to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court bench. Kavanaugh poses a grave threat to Roe v. Wade, the case that confirmed the constitutional right to an abortion. Hawley believes Roe was “wrongly decided”; said its outcomes “appall” him; and worked for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote briefs saying Roe should be overturned. Hawley also pledged to never defend abortion access, but to always “look for every feasible way to accommodate” anti-abortion court cases and defend anti-abortion laws “all the way to the United States Supreme Court.” If the worst happens and Roe is overturned, you’d better believe Hawley will do anything and everything in his power to ban abortion in Missouri.

Why We Oppose Josh Hawley

  • He wants to ban abortion and pledged to work against abortion access.

  • He falsely blamed the women’s liberation movement for prostitution and sex trafficking.

  • He was one of the lawyers who defended the bosses in the Hobby Lobby case, which let employers deny birth control coverage to their employees.

Josh Hawley on the Issues:


Hawley frequently touts his support of restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion, calling even the most onerous restrictions “sensible.” He promised to continue vigorously defending medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers. Such restrictions aim to chip away at abortion access as part of a larger effort to ultimately ban abortion.

Hawley defended a bill forcing women to have a medically unnecessary visit with the same physician who provides the abortion at the beginning of the pre-existing 72-hour waiting period — restrictions that are intended to shame a woman for choosing abortion and cause delays in care, which make abortion more challenging and even impossible to access.  In May 2017, Hawley appealed an injunction that had temporarily blocked a state law requiring admitting privileges for abortion providers and requiring health centers where abortion is provided — including at Planned Parenthood — to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. The Supreme Court previously deemed such restrictions unconstitutional in Texas because they put an undue burden on patients. Missouri’s case could ultimately go to the Supreme Court.

Hawley also supports a proposal that would expand the powers of the state’s attorney general, giving Hawley the ability to prosecute abortion providers.

Birth Control

Hawley was on the team of lawyers who defended Hobby Lobby in a devastating Supreme Court case against the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of no-copay birth control coverage. The ruling let the Hobby Lobby bosses and similar employers cite religious beliefs to exclude birth control coverage in their employee health insurance plans.

In a thinly veiled jab at birth control access, Hawley said that the sexual revolution caused more sex outside of marriage (which he denounces), and that such denigration (as he calls it) caused the onset (yep, the onset) of prostitution and, therefore, of human trafficking. “The sexual revolution has led to the exploitation of women... We must deliver a message to our culture that the false gospel of 'anything goes' ends in [women’s] slavery,” he exclaimed in a “Pastors and Pews” speech. These leaps of logic reveal a frighteningly backward view of sexuality that inform Hawley’s policies.

Planned Parenthood

Hawley is “fighting Planned Parenthood” in every way that he can, and he’s been out to “defund” Planned Parenthood for years. That’s why he supported the Missouri governor’s signing of a state budget that “defunded” Planned Parenthood in the state, blocking patients who rely on Medicaid from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment  at its health centers.

Hawley wholeheartedly supports the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous nationwide gag rule, which would block 10,000 Missourians who rely on Title X from accessing birth control and other preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Under the proposed gag rule, doctors would be barred from sharing the full scope of medical information with their patients, including where and how to access safe, legal abortion.

Health Care Access

Just like he’s done with his opposition to abortion access and care at Planned Parenthood health centers, Hawley has taken his opposition to affordable health care to the courts. He filed a lawsuit that aimed to upend the Affordable Care Act and once again let insurance companies deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Health Equity for All

Hawley believes it’s OK for people in power to discriminate. He helped clerks who refused to provide marriage licenses to LGBTQ couples, and he promised to fight “as long as I live” for pastors' right to reject LGBTQ people from their sanctuaries.

Hawley also indicated that laws promoting workplace gender equality “must change” because society should only give women the role of behaving “as women — including as mothers — and not required to behave as men.”

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