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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Catholic Church Sues St. Louis to Stop It From Becoming a “Sanctuary City” for Abortion

By Micaiah Bilger
Life New

Several Missouri Catholic groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a St. Louis ordinance that could force them to hire abortion activists and rent to pro-abortion groups.

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, the pro-life maternity home Our Lady’s Inn and a local Catholic businessman said the city ordinance violates their constitutional freedoms. In their lawsuit, they ask the court to block the city from enforcing the measure.

In February, the St. Louis Board of Alderman passed the ordinance to make their city a “sanctuary” for abortion. Supposedly, the purpose of the ordinance is to protect people from discrimination based on their reproductive health decisions.

However, pro-life and religious groups said the ordinance would force religious organizations and individuals to support abortion and abortion advocacy. They said it could force landlords to rent property to abortion providers or abortion advocacy groups, and punish employers (including religious schools and pro-life organizations) that refuse to hire someone who publicly supports abortion.

During a news conference Monday, St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Robert Carlson described the pro-abortion ordinance as “vile” and said the archdiocese will not comply with it, the AP reports.
“Passage of this bill is not a milestone of our city’s success,” Carlson said. “It is rather a marker of our city’s embrace of the culture of death.”

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