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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."

Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenges MO laws

Cynthia Mendez, center, was one of more than 200 people gathered in front of Planned Parenthood in October for a “Jericho March” held in conjunction with 115 other U.S. cities. In December, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in Missouri challenging some of the state’s abortion regulations.

A lawsuit challenging Missouri abortion regulations is the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down abortion laws in Texas, but pro-life advocates here say they believe the Missouri laws will be upheld as constitutional.

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri filed the federal lawsuit Nov. 30, asking the court to stop the laws, which require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Similar lawsuits were filed in Alaska and North Carolina.

Sidewalk efforts to bring an end to abortion still strong

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As Planned Parenthood marks its 100th anniversary, local pro-life organizations are continuing their work to bring an end to the abortion giant and to make abortion unthinkable.

Oct. 15 was an atypical Saturday at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri's last remaining abortion clinic. Volunteers with 40 Days for Life campaign, organized by Coalition for Life St. Louis, started arriving just before sunrise to pray as sidewalk counselors handed out pregnancy resources to clinic visitors, some of whom were there for abortions.

Senate team to review Planned Parenthood documents

The Missouri Senate will form a bipartisan team to review documents submitted by Planned Parenthood as part of an ongoing investigation of the abortion provider.

Through its lawyer, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis has agreed to produce documents in response to a subpoena by the Senate Interim Committee of the Sanctity of Life, which has been investigating Planned Parenthood's practices in Missouri since last year.

Editorial | Hold Planned Parenthood accountable

As the Missouri legislative session comes to a close in a few weeks, lawmakers remain strong in their efforts to pass laws that hold abortion providers accountable for how they handle the remains of aborted babies.

Missouri lawmakers consider abortion legislation as session closes

With three weeks left in Missouri's legislative session, some lawmakers continue to push measures that address the handling of remains of aborted babies and a plan to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

The bills are the culmination of a legislative investigation into how abortions are conducted in Missouri. The investigation was prompted by a series of undercover videos, released last year by the Center for Medical Progress, that appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts.

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