Missouri State Senator Steve Roberts’ Dossier on Safeguarded Abortion
Missouri Democratic state senator and congressional candidate Steve Roberts did not shy away from controversy.
But recently, his record on reproductive rights has worried some Democrats ahead of his August primary.
Roberts voted for numerous anti-abortion bills during his time in the state Senate.
Although it has a decent rating from the regional Planned Parenthood, at a time when so much is at stake for abortion rights and reproductive health in general, supporting efforts that have been documented to cause harm raises questions. questions about his ability to health and justice first.
In 2018, Roberts voted yes on HB 1288, a bill that expanded and extended millions in tax credits to anti-abortion centers. He was one of six Missouri House Democrats to vote yes on the bill, which Planned Parenthood vehemently opposed before the vote.
A year later he voted to deregulate anti-abortion clinics who, according to planned parenthood, are not required to provide factual or medically accurate information, which could mislead pregnant people.
February 23, 2022, Roberts voted in the State Senate to fund Planned Parenthood, although we should note that he also voted for an unsuccessful amendment to remove the funding provision. ProChoice Missouri, along with other reproductive rights organizations, spoke out against the vote.
As the Missouri primary election nears, Sen. Steven Roberts will set his sights on popular and progressive incumbent Cori Bush, whose district includes all of the city of St. Louis and most of northern St. Louis. Bush has made his position on reproductive rights clear. For Roberts, this position is a little grayer. Can voters see past his record? And its scandals?
According to the intercept, Roberts has been accused of rape on several occasions, including one by his former lawmaker colleague Cora Faith Walker, who died recently, and another by Amy Harms, a St. Louis attorney. Roberts denies both charges of sexual assault and says it’s nothing more than his opponent trying to smear his reputation. His team also pointed the finger at the media.
“We sincerely encourage you to report facts and not what ‘you heard,'” a campaign spokesperson told The Intercept, “Nothing you reported was factual or balanced.”
Missouri’s primary election will take place on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Voters will have a lot to think about until then…
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