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St. Louis aldermanic committee passes Board Bill 203

Lisa Johnston  |  lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  twitter: @aeternusphoto

St. Louis Ward 19 Alderwoman, Marlene Davis, expressed her concern over Board Bill 203 during the  Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee meeting. Chair and Ward 17 Alderman Joseph Roddy, listened. Davis made an effort to amend the proposed ordinance but the measure passed without it.  The St. Louis Housing, Urban Development and Zoning committee passed Board Bill 203 and will be sending it to the entire St. Louis Board of Aldermen. The bill, introduced by Alderwoman Megan Green, is an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on a person's reproductive health decisions or pregnancy; and containing a severability clause and an emergency clause.

A proposed St. Louis City ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions and pregnancy could have an effect on Catholic small business owners, such as Craig Schlapprizzi and his family.

Calling Board Bill 203 "overly broad," Schlapprizzi, vice president of Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law, added that "on the most basic level, it's a violation of a person's fundamental right to freedom of religion, and there's no exemption for private business owners."

Archdiocese opposes proposed city ordinance affecting reproductive health decisions

A bill introduced in St. Louis would amend the city's anti-discrimination law and add pregnancy and reproductive health decisions, including abortion, as protected classes. The bill, sponsored by Alderwoman Megan E. Green (D-15th Ward), has been referred to the city's Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. A separate bill, not yet introduced, would recommend a buffer zone around the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Avenue, where coalition for Life intern James Germain approached to offer abortion alternative pamphlets to cars arriving and leaving Planned Parenthood Jan. 10.

A proposed city ordinance seeks to make the City of St. Louis a "sanctuary for abortion," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who called the measure an attack on the "most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city."

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