Governor calls special session on new abortion regulations
JEFFERSON CITY | Gov. Eric Greitens said Wednesday he is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to work on abortion policies, including looking at a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination based on abortions and pregnancies.
The session is set to start Monday. The Republican governor said he also wants lawmakers to consider new abortion regulations, including annual inspections of clinics, after several pro-life measures failed to pass the GOP-controlled Legislature during the regular session.
While largely symbolic, the St. Louis ordinance bans employers from firing, refusing to hire or disciplining women because they have an abortion, take contraception, use artificial insemination or become pregnant while not married. It also bans such discrimination in housing.
The ordinance was approved in the heavily Democratic city in an effort to pre-empt pro-life measures proposed during the regular session.
Mr. Greitens said Wednesday that the ordinance, which took effect in February, makes St. Louis “an abortion sanctuary city.”
The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on “reproductive health decisions.”