St. Louis religious leaders say bill violates their religious liberty

The St. Louis City Board of Alderman voted on Feb. 10 to add abortion to existing non-discrimination laws. Local religious organizations said the bill violates their religious liberty, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“By approving Board Bill 203, the City of St. Louis has chosen to continue down a path of promoting death, repression, resentment, division and selfishness instead of promoting life, unity, charity, freedom and goodness,” said Catholic Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in a statement.

The bill seeks to protect individuals seeking housing or employment from discrimination based on their reproductive health decisions, according to Mary M. Kogut, President and CEO of St. Louis Planned Parenthood.

“We believe our patients and all St. Louisans deserve to make personal decisions about their reproductive health without interference from their boss or landlord,” Kogut said.

Peter Karutz, the president of a St. Louis-based Catholic business organization, said the bill infringes on the rights of business owners instead of preventing discrimination, according to the Associated Press.

“Businesses are not owned by robots,” Karutz said. “They’re owned by people, and under the Constitution, people have the right to have their own beliefs.”

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens spoke out on social media against the bill, according to the National Right to Life News.

“For now, we’re asking for your prayers and your voice. We need to send a clear message: the people of Missouri do not support Abortion Sanctuary Cities,” Greitens said in the post.

'St. Louis religious leaders say bill violates their religious liberty' has 1 comment

  1. March 15, 2017 @ 2:21 pm Tony Smith

    But citizens of this great country have more than just the right to tell aborters to go fly a kite. We also have the right to tell anyone and everyone to go fly a kite. But The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has created royal classes who are above the law. You thought the Oklahoma land grab was huge, just look at what’s been going on in our country for the last two decades. Every downtrodden minority victim class is falling over themselves trying to become the next preferred class. This is how our forefathers became slaves to the Egyptians.


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