Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Uses Religion, Women as Political Tools

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Uses Religion, Women as Political Tools

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A person's faith should be personal and private, but once a governor uses prayer to rally support for his special extraordinary session, he must be called out.

Who is he praying for?

Gov. Eric Greitens did just that last week in St. Charles when he asked audiences to pray for the "career politicians" prior to the special session he called to repeal a St. Louis city reproductive anti-discrimination ordinance and pass religious protections for pregnancy centers. These religious-based centers received over $7 million in tax credits in the 2017 state budget but have zero state regulations mandating they provide medically accurate information (most don't) or employ medical staff (many don't).

A disgruntled Sen. Robert F. Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, successfully lobbied the governor, along with lobbyists, to bring legislators back to address his abortion bill, which his GOP Senate failed to pass.

Because of Gov. Greitens disagreement with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which makes current Missouri restrictions on abortion providers unconstitutional, he wants to try to pass even more. Everything about this extraordinary session, which costs $20,000 a day, is unprecedented, frivolous and extreme.

In February, Gov. Greitens touted his Reform Jewish beliefs in the St. Louis Jewish Light, boasting of being Missouri's first Jewish governor and becoming a bar mitzvah at age 13 at a Reform congregation where he said he "had a great upbringing and fantastic teachers who really helped me to see how I could put my Jewish values into action."

When Gov. Greitens publicly applauds himself as a Reform Jew, shouldn't he be held accountable to that faith or denounce his beliefs?

According to ReformJudaism.org: "Reform Jews believe strongly that a women and men are equal. All life is sacred in Judaism, but women are commanded to care for their own health and well-being above all else. Although an unborn fetus is precious and to be protected, Reform Judaism views the life and well-being of the mother as paramount, placing a higher value on existing life than on potential life."

Reform Jews believe that a woman can make her own choice if and when to become pregnant, whether to use contraception or even to terminate a pregnancy, in consultation with her physicians without government interference. …

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