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Chelsea Hinkle gently slid her phone across the table to show off the ultrasound image of her babies.

As she rubbed the sides of her protruding abdomen, Hinkle held a smile as she described the feeling of excitement waiting for the arrival of her twins in July.

At work, she carries a set of keys that jingle against her side as she walks. "They just love it," she said. "They go right to sleep."

City aldermen host discussion on reproductive health Board Bill 203

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Faith and religious liberty were front and center in the public square at a hearing in St. Louis City on a proposed ordinance relating to abortion and reproductive health decisions.

Members of the city’s Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee heard comments from the public Jan. 18 on Board Bill 203, which would amend the city’s anti-discrimination law, adding pregnancy and reproductive health decisions as protected classes. The bill is sponsored by Alderwoman Megan-Ellyia Green (D-15th Ward).

80-year-old volunteer says the Blessed Mother has 'never let me down'

Leonard Kinealy, 80, arranged the items in the front window of Twice Blessed Resale Shop on Meramec Street near St. Anthony of Padua Church. Kinealy volunteers every day at the resale shop operated by Our Lady’s Inn and said he loves being at the store and talking to customers. Many neighborhood folks wander into the store not to shop but just to sit and talk with him.

The Twice Blessed Resale Shop off of Meramec Street has more than doubled its revenue the past few years.

Store manager Lucy Hannegan doesn't credit a new marketing strategy or an improvement in the quality of merchandise coming into the thrift store -- she credits 80-year-old volunteer Leonard Kinealy.

"He's our hero. He's here virtually every single day we're open. He's a great face in the neighborhood," she said. "He doesn't just sit and read the paper. He's always moving things around and cleaning. He's very proactive."

"I can't stand sitting around," said Kinealy.

Tax credit program makes things happen at Our Lady's Inn

Missouri legislators last week overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an expansion of the the state's maternity home tax credit program. And the women who oversee Our Lady's Inn were ecstatic. After all, those tax credits help make things happen at the emergency shelter and maternity home program for women and their children.

In fact, the longtime tax credit program, which has been expanded to $2.5 million this year, gave Our Lady's Inn the push it needed to open its second home in St. Charles County in 2006. The original home opened in 1982 in south St. Louis.

Maternity home denied request to intervene in MO religious liberty lawsuit

Our Lady's Inn, a maternity home for women facing unplanned pregnancies, has been denied a request to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to stop Missouri's religious liberty law.

Last December, the Missouri Insurance Coalition filed a lawsuit seeking to stop enforcement of the law, which ensures that no one is forced to pay for abortion drugs and similar items in their health insurance if it violates their religious beliefs. The law, known as SB 749, initially was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, but later overturned by the Missouri General Assembly in a special session last September.

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