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Missouri's Largest Anti-Abortion Group Endorses Huckabee

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One of Missouri's most politically active anti-abortion groups has decided on a candidate for president. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

With just over a week to go before Missouri's primary elections, the state's largest pro-life organization, the Missouri Right to Life, is endorsing a presidential candidate.

Spokesman Dave Plemmons made the announcement in Springfield Friday.

"Missouri Right to Life, MRL, the state's largest grassroots organization focused on pro-life issues, today announces its endorsement of former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee for US President.

Plemmons said the organization chose to endorse Huckabee because of his unsurpassed and steadfast support of pro-life principles during more than ten years of public service.

Huckabee was behind the passing of several anti-abortion laws while in Arkansas, including a so-called "partial birth abortion" ban.

"In addition, Governor Huckabee was the second governor in the nation to sign into law a true ban on human cloning, outlawing the creation and distruction of living human embryos for research purposes," Plemmons said.

Missouri Right to Life political action committee says their organization is comprised of both Republicans and Democrats, and members come from a variety of faith groups.

Missouri Right To Life is the first pro-life group in Missouri to endorse a candidate for president.

Pro-choice groups across Missouri are still waiting to make their choices for president known. Planned Parenthood lobbyist Michaelle Trupiano in Jefferson City said her organization's decision will be made at the national level.

"At this time, we have not really begun the whole endorsement process. So that will start within a few weeks, and we cannot begin to speculate about who we may or may not endorse," she said.

The Missouri primary is Tuesday, February 5.