Blunt's task force
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Blunt's task force

Date: October 29, 2007
By: Elizabeth Ford
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Without media fanfare, Governor Matt Blunt sets a task force to work on researching how abortions affect women after the procedure.

Beth Ford has more from Jefferson City.

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Members of the task force include primarily anti-abortion leaders in the state.
 
The task force aims to research how abortions affect women, but Pamela Sumner, the executive director of NARAL-Pro Choice Missouri, questions the legitimacy of the research.
 
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Description: "And it's sheerly political and sheerly ideological."

 
 The governor's office didn't issue a press release on the task force.
 
From the state capitol, I'm Beth Ford, KMOX News.
Intro:  Governor Matt Blunt invited multiple pro-life leaders to be part of a task force to research effects on women after they had abortions.

Beth Ford has more from Jefferson City.

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The task force is the brain-child of the president of an anti-abortion group John McCastle. The governor's office hosts monthly meetings with the task force to discuss progress.

But the executive director of NARAL Pro Choice-Missouri Pamela Sumners says the task force is not using scientific information to draw conclusions.

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Description: "There is a lot of pure reviewed material out there...credible scientific studies about the actual effects of abortion on women, that were prepared by objective scientists, and not by a bunch of political hack with an ideological axe to grind."


Taxpayer dollars are not financing the task force.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Beth Ford, KMOX News.