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Buffer zone bill in St. Louis City fails

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen rejected a bill that would create a buffer zone around health care facilities, including Planned Parenthood.

Board Bill 34 failed by a vote of 9-15 on April 16, the last day of the aldermanic session.

The full board voted 15-13 to perfect the bill, but for the final vote, several aldermen who previously supported it changed their votes from "yes" to "no" — including Brandon Bosley (Ward 3), Terry Kennedy (Ward 18), Sam Moore (Ward 4) and Lisa Middlebrook (Ward 2).

City board of aldermen step closer to buffer zone bill

Two Missouri lawmakers have filed legislation that would pre-empt local governments from enacting laws restricting a person's First Amendment rights.

Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) has filed HB 2589, which says that "no city, town or village shall pass or enforce any law, ordinance or resolution that restricts a person from exercising a right enumerated in Amendment 1 of the Constitution of the United States while such a person is on a public sidewalk, street, avenue, alley, or other public place unless state law authorizes such a restriction."

City Board of Aldermen one step closer to passing buffer zone bill

After a hotly contested debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved forward on a bill that would create a buffer zone around health care facilities, including Planned Parenthood.

The full board on Feb. 23 voted 15-13 to perfect Board Bill 34, which would create a fixed, eight-foot buffer zone around a health care facility's driveway entrance, or within a public right-of-way or sidewalk. The bill also says that no one may "knowingly enter, remain on, or create an obstruction" in those areas.

The board is expected to have a final vote on March 2.

St. Louis aldermanic committee passes buffer-zone bill

A proposed City of St. Louis ordinance that would create a buffer zone around "health care facilities" was recently passed by an aldermanic committee. That ordinance would include Planned Parenthood, according to testimony in the committee meeting.

The Public Safety Committee on Feb. 14 passed Board Bill 34 by a vote of 5-2. It now is expected to go to the full board for consideration. (Watch stlouisreview.com for updates.)

Planned Parenthood protest makes concrete the reason for the March for Life

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Priests for Life and Silent No More held a protest outside of Planned Parenthood in Washington, DC on July 18.  Pro-life leader Father Frank Pavone led a group of about 200 in prayer, most of them young people.  Father, and others, extended their hands towwards the abortion facility while in prayer.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yoi Reyes believes that her son should not have to pay for a crime that was committed by another.

Years ago as a teenager, Reyes was raped by her stepfather in her native Cuba. The first time, she was 13 and forced to have an abortion. The second time, the baby was too far along, and the doctor refused to do the abortion. Her son Pedro, now 27, welcomed his first child into the world on Thanksgiving Day.

New pro-life law goes into effect, despite attempts by Planned Parenthood to block enforcement

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As a judge denied Planned Parenthood's request to block a portion of Senate Bill 5, demonstrations were held in front of five Planned Parenthood locations Oct. 24 to shine light on Missouri's newest pro-life law, which went into effect the same day.

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