On Monday, Mayor Francis Slay signed into law a bill that would make St. Louis a "sanctuary city" for reproductive choices — in essence saying that a woman cannot be fired, demoted, denied housing or evicted because she either gets pregnant or terminates a pregnancy. The Archdiocese opposed the bill, but found relatively easy passage at the Board of Aldermen, with a 17 to 10 vote.
For NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, the legislative victory was part of a conscious decision to go on the offense on the municipal level rather than just play defense at the state legislature. Executive Director Alison Dreith now plans to work with allies on the board to reintroduce in April a bill to mandate a buffer zone at the state's only abortion clinic, and she hopes to have even more friendly members on the Board of Aldermen to help her do it."We're endorsing in races for the first time ever," she says of this March's Democratic primary, which will likely select some news members of the Board of Aldermen as well as a new mayor. (NARAL has endorsed City Treasurer Tishaura Jones for the mayor's job.) "People are finding they have to take us seriously."
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