Houses Passes Bill to End Abortion “Sanctuaries”

This week the Missouri House of Representative passed legislation to stop the creation of abortion “sanctuaries” in Missouri.
HB 174, sponsored by State Representative Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), would overturn a City of St. Louis ordinance passed in February that allows fines to be levied against those who refuse to cooperate with the abortion industry. The bill also prevents other municipalities from the enacting similar ordinances and provides free speech protections for alternatives to abortion agencies.

Under the St. Louis ordinance, fines can be levied against landlords who refuse to rent space to an abortion clinic or a pro-abortion advocacy group. The ordinance also allows the city to fine Catholic schools that decline to hire a teacher who publicly promotes abortion.

The abortion “sanctuary” movement is the newest strategy of pro-abortion advocates who have been rebuffed at the state and national level. Sanctuary ordinances have been adopted in several cities such as the New York and San Francisco.

The Missouri Catholic Conference was joined by Missouri Right to Life, Campaign Life and others in securing House approval of HB 174, which passed by a vote of 118 to 36. See pages 1242-1243 of the House Journal. The bill now moves to the Missouri Senate for that body’s consideration. Governor Eric Greitens has indicated his support for legislation putting an end to abortion “sanctuaries” in Missouri.

Thanks to all the members of the Missouri Catholic Advocacy Network (MOCAN) who contacted their state representatives as a part of this successful effort. The MCC will alert you when action is next needed in the Missouri Senate.