By Terry Vanderheyden

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, October 31, 2005 ( – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt vowed Tuesday to work “to stand up for the sanctity of life,” beginning by calling for a conscience clause that would allow pharmacists to be exempt from filling prescriptions for the abortifacient morning-after pill.

“I will continue to seek pro-life laws from the Legislature,” he said, as reported by Govenor Blunt said his desire to work for life was counter to the pro-death message engendered by “Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and activist judges.”

The comments were part of a speech Blunt made to thousands of people gathered at the Second Baptist Church he attends for the annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

After the US Supreme Court allowed a Missouri Corrections prisoner to have a state-funded abortion October 17, Blunt blasted the court, calling the decision “highly offensive to traditional Missouri values [and] contrary to state law, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent to facilitate abortions.”

Blunt said the Supreme Court’s decision ignited his resolve to fight for life. “As a young man, I determined that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned,” he said to applause.

Governor Blunt summoned a special legislative session in early September to protect the lives of unborn children. He won passage of a law to prohibit transporting minors to other states for abortions without parental consent, and to require abortion “clinics” to have local hospital access.

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