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Blunt says abortion ban bill not necessary

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By AP/Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says it's not necessary to pass legislation banning most abortions in Missouri.

And Missouri's largest anti-abortion group also is raising concerns about a new proposal that would ask voters to ban all abortions except to save the life of a woman.

Blunt describes himself as "pro-life." But he says the bill likely would just set up a court battle, and he would prefer to focus on legislation that could reduce abortions without as much legal risk.

Missouri Right to Life says it wants to ban abortions. But executive director Patty Skain says the timing may be wrong.

She fears there are not yet enough votes on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 ruling recognizing a right to abortion.

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