Judge unhappy with pro-abortion ordinance

Friday, October 5, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

judge banging gavelAn attempt by the City of St. Louis to declare abortion supporters a protected class has not fared well when put under the scrutiny of a court.

The ordinance established St. Louis as a sanctuary city for abortion last year, but the Thomas More Society filed suit on behalf of a Catholic School, a Catholic property owner, a Catholic diocese, and a shelter for homeless pregnant women.

TMS special counsel Sarah Pitlyk tells OneNewsNow the ordinance banned discrimination against abortion supporters in employment, which means a pro-life ministry couldn't reject a pro-abortion job applicant.

"In effect," alleges the attorney, "the ordinance required the Catholic Church to hire people, or rent space to people, who have chosen to be abortion providers or abortion advocates including to teach in Catholic schools."

U.S District Court Judge Audrey Fleissig heard the case and ruled the ordinance is patently unconstitutional.

"It's not okay," says Pitlyk, "for the government to tell an organization that holds certain beliefs, and that lives according to those beliefs, and operates according to those beliefs, it's not okay for the government to tell them they have to associate with people or hire people who disagree with those beliefs."

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