Missouri lawmakers return for special session on abortion

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The main target of state lawmakers during this summer's special session will be a city ordinance meant to prevent women from being discriminated against based on "reproductive health decisions" when searching for housing and employment.

Lawmakers will also seek to create more abortion restrictions after a federal judge's recent ruling that enjoined a Missouri mandate requiring doctors to have admitting privileges to local hospitals and that abortion providers meet medical standards for outpatient surgery. Davis says lawmakers can't stop abortions, but they do want the clinics to be safe.

Greitens has said more abortion regulations are needed after a federal judge struck down some in May. The state has appealed the ruling. Greitens first called lawmakers back to work to consider proposals allowing metal manufacturers to negotiate lower rates for utilities with large utilities companies, such as Ameren. Congress passed that law in the wake of terrorists' attacks with hijacked jets in New York City and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001. News Talk KZRG asked State Representative Charlie Davis of Webb City if it would have been better to have one special session on several issues, rather than individual sessions. Special sessions can cost as much as $28,000 a week in the Senate and between $50,000 and $100,000 in the House, depending on how many lawmakers attend.

Greitens also wants lawmakers who begin meeting Monday to undo a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination in the workplace and in housing based on pregnancies, abortions and other "reproductive health decisions". Bob Onder, a Republican from Lake St. Louis, told the Associated Press. The governor's decision was also criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union in Missouri and Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri.

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