Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Rallies Supporters in St. Charles in Advance of Special Session on Abortion Rights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Rallies Supporters in St. Charles in Advance of Special Session on Abortion Rights

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ST. CHARLES * Gov. Eric Greitens rallied support for anti-abortion policies on Friday, days before legislators return to Jefferson City for a special session centered on abortion and women's reproductive health.

Amid concern about the time and cost of a special session, Greitens, a Republican, called on lawmakers to make what he believes is the best decision for women in the state.

"Missourians work a full-time job and our politicians should be willing to come back and come put in a few extra days of work, especially for issues that are so important," Greitens said at the rally at the Heart of St. Charles banquet center.

The governor said he believed it was his responsibility "to protect life and defend life and we're calling this special session because it is essential to protect those pregnancy care centers and put in place common sense health and safety standards."

Some of those standards include annual inspections of abortion facilities and requiring facilities to have plans for complications, he said.

Greitens said that he didn't know how many other special sessions would convene after the one on abortion but that "we're keeping options open."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, also a Republican and a past presidential hopeful, made remarks via video before Greitens took the podium. He called Greitens' move "bold" and commended him for having "conviction to stand up to something important to all of us."

Among lawmakers attending the event was Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, who sponsored legislation in the recent regular session to halt a St. Louis ordinance aimed at preventing discrimination of women based on their "reproductive health decisions."

In April, Onder expressed his distaste for the city's new ordinance by introducing an amendment to legislation designed to help the St. Louis Zoo raise tax revenue. …

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