by Steven Ertelt
January 12, 2006
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is coming under fire from pro-abortion groups who claim he is "waging war" on women because he supports a pharmacists conscience clause that allows the medical professionals to opt out of dispensing the morning after pill.
The groups held a "Women’s State of the State" event prior to Blunt’s official state of the state address.
Those in attendance said they expected Blunt to address the issue of the Plan B drugs, which can sometimes cause an abortion, in his speech, but he did not bring up the conscience clause though he has said he would promote it during the session.
The Rev. Rebecca Turner, director of the Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, said those who oppose the morning after pill will soon try to restrict all forms of birth control, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
But Sam Lee, head of Campaign Life Missouri, called the assertion "nonsense."
He told the Dispatch, "All the governor is doing is protecting the conscience rights of health care providers who don’t want to be involved in abortion in any form."
The issue of allowing pharmacists to opt out of filling such drugs came up in October when a Fenton, Missouri pharmacist at a Target store’s pharmacy told a customer that he would not fill her prescription for the Plan B pills and asserted he had a legal right to decline.
The incident, involving a 26 year-old woman on September 30 has prompted Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, to launch a nationwide protest.
In addition to the online campaign, pro-abortion activists protested outside a Target distinct office in Bridgeton, Missouri.
Pro-life groups said they were not surprised Planned Parenthood is getting involved.
"Whenever they can put unborn human life in danger, and women at risk, they do it and they do it for profit," said Pam Fichter, president of Missouri Right to Life.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your elected officials and tell them you support a pharmacist’s concience clause. Go to https://www.moga.mo.gov.