Planned Parenthood Missouri called on Governor Matt Blunt to disband his abortion task force and oppose a proposed initiative that could ban most abortions in the state.
Blunt's abortion task force was set to meet for the fourth time today.
“The Governor has set up a task force to ban abortion and now there’s a proposed ballot initiative with the same goal, commonsense Missouri voters seeking real solutions to reducing the need for abortion are left with nothing,” said Kellie Rohrbaugh, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri. “Governor Blunt should work with Planned Parenthood to find common ground to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies in Missouri instead he is using abortion as a political tool.”
Rohrbaugh says all of the task force members are "anti-choice" and that no "differing views" have been included.
Meanwhile, The Elliot Institute, an anti-abortion organization based in Illinois, has submitted
proposed ballot initiative language to the Secretary of State’s office that would make all abortions illegal unless the doctor certifies it is needed to prevent imminent death or severe medical risks.
“The Governor’s Task Force is a component of the ballot initiative to ban abortions campaign,” said Rohrbaugh. “It’s not a coincidence that both of these things are going on at the same time. This Task Force is a complete sham and should be disbanded immediately.”