Governor Greitens Rallies Support for New Missouri Abortion Restrictions

Jun 15, 2017

Credit Nathan Papes/News-Leader

   Governor Eric Greitens brought his anti-abortion campaign to the Missouri Capitol Wedneseday, as lawmakers continue working on new abortion restrictions during the latest special session.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin has more details:

   More than 200 abortion opponents cheered on the governor as he called on lawmakers to strengthen regulations on abortion providers and overturn a St. Louis ordinance designed to shield women from job and housing discrimination based on their reproductive choices. 

   Greitens told the crowd that the ordinance makes St. Louis a safe haven for women seeking abortions:

   “We have to raise our voices together and tell them, ‘Not on our watch! (cheers) Not on our watch!’”

   Earlier in the day, more than 150 abortion rights supporters criticized the special session and demanded lawmakers protect women’s health care, expand Medicaid and add the LGBT community to the state’s anti-discrimination law. 

   In Jefferson City, I’m Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio.

   The Missouri Senate met behind closed doors Wednesday to negotiate an abortion bill that Democrats won’t try to overturn.