Planned Parenthood is circling the wagons against what it sees as an assault on abortion rights. It’s calling on Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) to disband his Task Force on the Impact of Abortion on Women, calling the 14-member panel a sham organization whose true objective is to ban abortion in Missouri.

Michelle Trupiano, who represents Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Missouri, says the Task Force, coupled with a new proposal to severely restrict access to abortion through a ballot initiative, must be seen as an attack.

Trupiano says Planned Parenthood does not believe a task force is needed. She says time, energy, and money could be better spent on preventing unintended pregnancies through access to family planning services and comprehensive sex education.

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