Thank You, Governor Blunt
In the series of a few days,
Matt Blunt will walk out of the Governor's office for the
last time as Missouri's Chief Executive. While Governor Blunt
voluntarily limited himself to only one term as Missouri's top
elected official, he had a major
impact on issues of concern to Christian families and citizens in our state.
Governor Blunt was a
staunch advocate of the rights of unborn children. During
his Administration, Governor Blunt signed into law very
significant pro-life measures that were long-time priorities of the
pro-life movement. He stated, "I believe all human life
is precious and should be treated with respect and that is why I
have made the promise to defend the sanctity and dignity of
During his first year in
office, Governor Blunt supported and signed legislation that
strengthened the laws regulating the operations of abortion clinics
and other surgicenters. The new law clarified that a
physician performing abortions must have clinical privileges at a hospital
within 30 miles of where he performs abortions. The bill also
made it a crime for someone who is not a parent or guardian to
transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of an
abortion. This has been a major problem in Missouri since the
state of Illinois does not require parental consent for abortion.
During his second year in
office, Governor Blunt
enacted with his signature a
bill to provide income tax credits to individuals who contribute to
pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. Taxpayers who
donate to centers that provide life-giving support
to women with unplanned pregnancies now can receive a 50%
state tax credit for their donation. This has been a big boost
to agencies that provide help to pregnant women and their unborn
and newborn children.
In his third year in office,
Governor Blunt signed into law a bill that
expanded the scope of the
state's surgicenter licensing law to include additional abortion
clinics. Additional abortion facilities were required to
comply with health and safety regulations that apply to ambulatory
surgical centers. The abortion clinic in Springfield
chose to shut down rather than comply with these health and safety
The same bill also
established in statute the Missouri Alternatives to
Abortion Services Program. This initiative provides state
funding for services and counseling to pregnant women who
carry their child to term or place the child for adoption.
Funding for this program was increased to nearly $2 million by
the end of Governor Blunt's term. The legislation also
prohibits Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from
offering sex education programs in public
Governor Blunt was also a
strong voice on other prominent issues of moral significance.
He spoke out forcefully in defense of traditional marriage, and
strongly condemned the abusive behavior of courts in other states
mandating homosexual "marriage."
While Matt Blunt was a staunch
defender of the rights of unborn children, he gravely disappointed
pro-life Missourians with his support of Amendment 2. This
constitutional amendment established legal protection for embryonic
stem cell research in Missouri, which involves the cloning and
destruction of human embryos. How tragic it is that
Missouri, long known as one of the most pro-life states in the
nation, is the only state in the country where there is a
constitutional right to clone and kill human embryos.
Governor Blunt's support of this amendment was a major setback for
the cause of the sanctity of human life.
Despite this discouraging fact
of life, Governor Blunt still deserves tremendous thanks for his
leadership on many pro-life and pro-family
subjects. During his
Administration, the pro-life movement accomplished goals it had
been working toward for a long time. Governor Blunt
demonstrated impressive courage
and firm conviction in voicing the values of
Christian families and citizens in our state.
In a world where so many
politicians exhibit weak backbones, Matt Blunt had the
resolve to face down his critics and take principled
stands for what he knew to be right.
We encourage you to pray for
Governor Blunt, First Lady Melanie, and their son William
Branch, as they return to private life--that they know
the satisfaction of having served the people faithfully and having
sought to honor God as Missouri' s First Family.