Gover­nor calls spe­cial ses­sion on new abor­tion reg­u­la­tions

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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.”

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