st. louis board of aldermen

Mayor signs reproductive decisions bill opposed by archdiocese

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

Ward 08 Alderman Stephen Conway voiced his disapproval for Board Bill 203 during discussion at the Board of Aldermen meeting. The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen voted to perfect Board Bill 203. The proposed St. Louis City ordinance was proposed to prohibit discrimination based on a person's reproductive health decisions or pregnancy. The Archdiocese of St. Louis believes the bill would cause religious persecution and discrimination and violates the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and violates state and federal laws.

Update at 5:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15:

A new law in the City of St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on a person's reproductive decisions or pregnancy.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on a 17-10 vote Feb. 10. Several members of the board spoke in opposition, saying it's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist and causes unnecessary divisiveness.

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."

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