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Missouri governor to continue with inmate abortion case

[JURIST] The administration of Missouri Governor Matt Blunt [official website] will continue its legal defense of a state law [text] prohibiting inmates from obtaining abortions unless a woman's life or health is endangered, despite the US Supreme Court's recent decision [JURIST report] allowing the transport of a current inmate to a St. Louis abortion clinic. The state's policy eliminating procedures facilitating inmate access to abortion, including a prohibition of the use of public funds for abortions, came into effect September 5. While the administration could have dropped the suit in response to the Supreme Court's decision, a Blunt spokesman emphasized Tuesday that the decision did not address the merits of the policy in question. The Supreme Court has yet to schedule oral arguments on a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law. AP has more.

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