Action Needed to Stop Bill Making St. Louis, Missouri a “Sanctuary City” for Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 10, 2017   |   12:32PM   |   St. Louis, Missouri

City leaders are trying to make St. Louis, Missouri a “sanctuary city” where women can get abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen currently is considering a pro-abortion ordinance, Board Bill 203, that would force religious organizations, landlords and others to hire and rent to people who publicly support abortion, according to Missouri Right to Life.

“[The proposed ordinance] attacks and threatens the deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of St. Louis by seeking to make St. Louis a ‘sanctuary city’ for abortion!” the pro-life group said in an email.

The pro-life group is urging people to contact the city aldermen and urge them to oppose Board Bill 203. The board is scheduled to meet today (Friday) for the last time until April.

The bill would force religious organizations and individuals to support abortion and abortion advocacy, the group said. It could force landlords to rent property to abortion providers or abortion advocacy groups, and punish employers (including religious organizations) that refuse to hire someone who publicly supports abortion, according to the pro-life group.

“BB 203 attempts to force churches and others to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion,” Missouri Right to Life continued. “The President of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen, Lewis Reed, needs to hear from you that you oppose making St. Louis an abortion sanctuary.”

Abortion supporters on the board proposed the ordinance, fearing that the overturning of Roe v. Wade could be a real possibility because of President Donald Trump and pro-life majorities in U.S. Congress.

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In December, LifeNews reported the Missouri affiliate of NARAL is backing the measure. NARAL is a radical abortion group that supports abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy and fights against parental involvement requirements for minors, informed consent, and pregnancy centers that offer women alternatives to abortion.

St. Louis Alderman Megan-Ellyia Green, a Democrat from the 15th Ward, announced plans to introduce pro-abortion ordinances in December.

“We are a board of people who are very aware of the challenges for women that are being brought forth at both the state and national level. And so it’s up to us at the local level to really ensure that women’s rights are protected,” Green said.

Alderman Christine Ingrassia, a Democrat from the 6th Ward, also backs the measure.

ACTION: Contact President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed at (314) 622-4114, or send a message here.