If you are a pro-life conservative Christian, this will make you sick and angry! And if you live in St. Louis, you may be tempted to move.
The city of St. Louis has this week added abortion protections to its non-discrimination ordinance, despite religious organizations claiming it violates their religious liberty.
The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen voted 17-10 to add abortion and contraceptive use to existing non-discrimination laws that are generally used to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, or sex. Board Bill 203 bans employers or housing providers from turning down prospective employees or tenants because they are pregnant, are having or had an abortion, or use contraception.
Alderwoman Megan Green, the bill’s sponsor, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the bill is necessary to prevent employers from firing workers for having an abortion.
“Employers can have their own beliefs,” Green said. “But they shouldn’t be able to impose those beliefs on people or fire someone because of those beliefs.”
Rightly so, religious organizations including the Catholic Church and conservative Lutheran Church said the law would violate religious liberty with Catholic Archbishop Robert J. Carlson calling the bill “horrible” in a statement.
“I am outraged that the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen has now enshrined into law an ordinance which creates a ‘sanctuary’ for the despicable practice of abortion,” Carlson said. “This horrible piece of legislation will now force city residents to be unwilling participants in the abortion business by requiring business owners and individuals to tacitly approve any ‘reproductive health’ decisions made by their employees or tenants.”
Despite the outrage by the conservative right and religious groups, Megan Green, the bill’s sponsor took to twitter to promote the bill’s passing using the #ShePersists hashtag:
— Megan Ellyia Green (@MeganEllyia) February 11, 2017
If this doesn’t make you sick we don’t know what will – this is a HUGE loss for religious freedom in St. Louis!