Gov. Greitens calls special session focused on abortion policies

4 months 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, June 07 2017 Jun 7, 2017 Wednesday, June 07, 2017 2:38:00 PM CDT June 07, 2017 in News
By: Luisangel Rodriguez, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens called the legislature back Wednesday for a second special session focusing on pregnancy resource centers and proposals for health and safety standards in abortion clinics.

Greitens made the announcement through a video on his Facebook page.

“I'm pro-life, and I believe that we need to defend life and promote a culture of life here in the state of Missouri,” Greitens said.

In the video Greitens also mentions a recent ordinance passed in St. Louis.

“There's a new city law making St. Louis an abortion sanctuary city—where pregnancy care centers can't work the way they're supposed to. Politicians are trying to make it illegal, for example, for pro-life organizations to say that they just want to hire pro-life Missourians,” he said.

The ordinance he is referring to 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.

Greitens mentions how the Senate had a bill to address this during the session, but didn’t act on it.

“We are very grateful that Gov. Greitens has called lawmakers back into special session to protect Missouri’s pro-life maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers from being forced to participate in abortion,” said Samuel Lee, director of Campaign Life Missouri.

“This emergency meeting of the state legislature is an appalling example of out-of-touch priorities. Make no mistake about it, the intent behind the governor's actions is to shame women for their personal medical decisions and make basic reproductive health care harder to access. With so many real challenges facing Missouri families, Gov. Greitens and his GOP allies prefer to waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on their ideological crusade to outlaw abortion. Gov. Greitens and anti-choice Republicans are so obsessed with legislating over a woman’s body and dictating how she should raise her family that they have become blind to the real priorities of hardworking Missouri families,” said Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.

The special legislative session will begin on June 12.

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