Using poll, Missouri pro-life group claims bias in summary

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April 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: A pro-life group arguing Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan inserted biased language into the ballot summary for their 2010 initiative has released polling data to support their position.

According to the research conducted for Missouri Roundtable for Life, 48 percent of those polled said they supported an initiative "to make it unlawful to expend, pay, or grant any public funds for abortion services" while 41 opposed it. Using the language inserted by Carnahan, which adds that the funding ban also applies to abortions including "those necessary to save the life of the mother," the support fell to 38 percent while opposition increased to 44 percent. A similar shift was found in the language for the stem cells provision.

The organization has a lawsuit pending against the secretary of state.[1]

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