Senate gets heated at special session on abortion gets underway

2 months 5 days 18 hours ago Monday, June 12 2017 Jun 12, 2017 Monday, June 12, 2017 11:42:00 PM CDT June 12, 2017 in News
By: Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 News
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JEFFERSON CITY  - A special session on abortion-related issues is off to a quick start in the Missouri legislature, following heated exchanges in the senate Monday.

At the center of the session is a St. Louis ordinance Governor Greitens is looking to repeal. The ordinance in question makes it illegal for employers and landlords to discriminate against women who have had an abortion, use contraceptives or are pregnant.  

Greitens, a self defined "pro-life," supporter states that it makes St. Louis "an abortion sanctuary city."

Abortion rights advocates argue that a repeal of the ordinance, would only make it harder for Missouri women to access basic reproductive health care.

The only abortion performing clinic in the state is located in St. Louis.

After a quick roll call and some conversation on abortion-related issues, a handful of Senators began voicing frustrations with being called back less than a month after the first special session.

The cost to the taxpayer for these special sessions was also brought up, as well as continuing concerns about Greitens' secret donors.

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