Blunt defends tour for abortion bill signing
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is defending a seven-city tour of the state to symbolically sign an anti-abortion law he already signed a week ago.
The law gives parents the right to sue anyone who helps their minor daughter get an abortion.
It also requires doctors performing abortions to have privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their practice. The governor says the law's impact justifies his tour and he believes a federal judge's block of the measure will not stand:
I believe it's important to do things that reduce the number of abortions that occur in Missouri, and I think it's important enough to get around the state and talk about, Blunt said.
Again, the attorney general is defending us in the case. I think we'll win in court."
A U.S. district judge blocked the law last Friday, ruling the language threatens abortion counseling in Missouri.