Missouri Democratic Party Removes Pro-life Provision of Platform

This week, the Missouri Democratic Party removed a recently-approved provision of their platform that specifically recognizes pro-life candidates. The section removed stated: “We respect the conscience of each Missourian and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion. We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and welcome into our ranks all Missourians who may hold differing positions on this issue.”

In place of this provision, the party inserted new language which states: “A woman’s right to choose and the right of every person to their own bodily autonomy and to be free from government intrusion in medical decisions, including a decision to carry a pregnancy to term, and oppose any efforts to limit access to reproductive health care.”

The Missouri Catholic Conference has and still continues to work with pro-life Democrats in the Missouri General Assembly, and there are Democrats serving in the Missouri legislature who vote pro-life. It is unfortunate that the official Missouri Democrat Party platform does not acknowledge this. Read more about this provision here.