Thursday, January 25, 2007

Last night, the Governor of Missouri delivered his State of the State address. It was a little better than President Bush’s State of the Union speech. Remarkably, our pro-life President made no statements about protecting life. And this was one day after the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that gave American legal abortion-on-demand through the entire 9 months of the baby’s development. Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council gave an excellent response to the President’s rather empty address.

Governor Blunt did mention getting $200,000 into the budget for pregnancy resource centers, which offer truthful and candid information about all options. I am grateful for that. This governor has been solid and faithful in his opposition to the horrors of abortion.

However, he did not mention ending Planned Parenthood’s tax funded monopoly of sex-education in the public school arena. And he didn’t talk about his aggressive insistence of giving public money to the biotech industry for embryonic stem cell research through the sale of loans by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), a position that contradicts what being “pro-life” is all about.

Overall, the Governor sounded a lot like the President. Fiscally responsible Republicans should be proud. Morally minded Republicans should be stunned. I am hopeful we’ll see more than we’ve heard.

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