Today, Governor Nixon vetoed SB 749, a bill to protect Missourians from being forced to participate in health plans that violate their conscience. The bill states that no person shall be: compelled to obtain coverage, discriminated against or penalized for refusing coverage or procedures that are contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Senator Brad Lager, who voted for the bill, was frustrated by the Governor’s veto. “This veto reinforces just how important it is that Missouri elects pro-life leaders,” said Lager. “We need real conservatives who will stand up for our religious liberties, not career politicians like Jay Nixon and Peter Kinder, who bow to the interests of radical pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood.”
During Kinder’s time in the State Senate he was one of three senators that changed his vote from opposing family planning appropriations to supporting them. His failure to stand up for conservative pro-life values led to $832,000 being spent on family planning services that promoted abortion. Pro-abortion advocates hailed the vote as a victory, calling it “a major milestone in this state,” and saying that, for the first time, Missouri is using its own tax revenue to support family planning. Kinder also killed a bill that would have prevented human cloning in Missouri. Kinder bragged about killing the bill at a fundraiser held by one of the state’s most powerful Democratic kingmakers, S. Lee Kling, saying, “You’re looking at the guy who stopped the bill to criminalize stem cell research.”
“When Missourians looked to Peter Kinder to stand up and prevent our tax dollars from funding abortions, he was nowhere to be found,” said Lager. “When Missourians looked to Peter Kinder to stand up and ban human cloning, Kinder refused to vote and killed the bill. Again, he was nowhere to be found. Kinder has done nothing in his eight years as Lt. Governor to move Missouri forward. What would Peter Kinder accomplish in a third term that he didn't do in his first two terms?”