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Blunt Kicks Off Ceremonial Signing Tour For Abortion Bill

September 22, 2005
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

Governor Matt Blunt is traveling the state on a two day tour to promote the new abortion bill despite an ongoing legal battle.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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Governor Blunt began a ceremonial signing tour at a pregnancy center in Jefferson City just three days after a federal judge blocked the implementation of the bill.

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"I think it's very disconcerting. A federal judge, immediately without allowing the law to have any sort of positive impact for the people of our state, Immediately usurped the will of the elected representatives of the people and of their governor."

The judge said that the bill's language was too vague and would restrict abortion counselling.

Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Tim Walker

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One day after Governor Blunt signed a controversial new abortion bill, a federal judge blocked its implementation. Now Blunt is traveling the state on a ceremonial signing tour to promote the bill.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City

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Governor Blunt says that the singing tour represents what the legislature accomplished during the special session, and he is confident that the bill will go into effect.

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"I believe that the whole thing is constitutional. I believe it's legal. I believe it's in the best interest of Missourians. It reflects our values as a people"

The judge that issued the temporary restraining order said the bill's language was too vague and would restrict abortion counselling.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.