A Missouri senator is requesting the governor's help in remedying two wrongs.
In April, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance commonly referred to as the abortion sanctuary city bill, which adds abortion to the state's anti-discrimination laws. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has filed suit to block it.
"This law will be used to coerce them to hire people who are pro-abortion," Senator Bob Onder (R) relays about the concerns pro-life and religious groups and businesses have with the measure. "Could you imagine an alternatives to abortion agency being required to hire someone who is pro-abortion, or in the case of the business people, force them to pay for abortions through health insurance, or in the case of the Archdiocese, hire religious teachers who are pro-abortion?"
There is also the matter of pro-life counselors potentially being prohibited from trying to convince women to choose life for their children. So Onder has contacted Governor Eric Greitens (R) asking for a special session of the legislature "both to nullify this horrible ordinance in the city of St. Louis, but also allow the state to again regulate abortion clinics for the health and safety of women."
Earlier this year, federal Judge Howard Sachs ruled Missouri's laws requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards imposed on other surgical centers and requiring abortionists to have hospital privileges unconstitutional. The ruling also prompted Planned Parenthood to announce plans to open about a half dozen more abortuaries in the state.