Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who repeatedly has fought for protections for unborn babies, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday in the state.

The Missouri Independent reports the pro-life attorney general easily defeated the other Republican candidates, securing 45 percent of the vote. Missouri has an open U.S. Senate seat because U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is retiring.

In his victory speech, Schmitt promised to fight against “President Biden’s all out assault on our liberties” and protect freedom for his children and others’, according to the report.

A former state senator, he has a long record of fighting to protect children, born and unborn. One voter told the Independent that she voted for Schmitt because of his actions to combat human trafficking.

He also has fought for protections for babies in the womb. This includes defending a Missouri law that protects unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities from discrimination. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the 2019 law in court, but Schmitt defended the law and won. It went into effect in July.

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Schmitt, whose son has a disability and is non-verbal, said the law was especially important to him because he knows how frequently children with disabilities face discrimination.

“This is modern-day eugenics,” he said in 2021. “I mean this is discriminating to the most extreme level, the elimination of an entire class of people, because of a trait, because of their diagnosis, and I just fundamentally believe that is not who we are as a country and that’s to me what this fight is about.”

Last month, Schmitt also sued the City of St. Louis to stop state tax dollars from being used to fund out-of-state travel for elective abortions.

In his victory speech Tuesday, he described himself as a working-class Missourian, saying he will fight for families in Washington, D.C., according to the Independent.

Here’s more from the report:

Schmitt said he hopes to protect the next generation’s freedoms, and said his son, Stephen, who has special needs, “was my inspiration to want to have a greater impact on the world and make a difference.

“And that fire still burns,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt has been attorney general of Missouri since 2018. Prior to that, he served as state treasurer, a state senator and a Glendale alderman. Missouri is a strong pro-life Republican state, and he is expected to win the November general election.

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