Life Will Be Victorious! United Pro-Life, Faith Effort Helps Defeat St. Louis Board Bill 34

St. Louis City's "Buffer Zone" Bill failed on April 16 in a 9-15 vote. This defeat was helped by the united effort of the pro-life movement, Archdiocese of St. Louis, and other churches, organizations, and people of good will.

Ever since Board Bill 34CS was re-introduced by the city's aldermanic council in February, this united opposition made it a priority to educate the public on the bill's problematic nature. Multiple phone, letter, and email campaigns were also made to city officials.

A buffer zone around health clinics (which according to the ordinance also included Planned Parenthood), would certainly have impacted the peaceful and prayerful efforts of the respect life movement, especially life-saving sidewalk counseling. However, it also would have hindered more universal rights of free speech and peaceful assembly.

As RLA Executive Director Karen Nolkemper explained, "We are grateful to the Board of Alderman for defeating Board Bill 34CS, and choosing not to restrict the constitutionally-protected rights of assembly and free speech on public property. Our work of prayer and presence will continue because we know that women facing difficult or unplanned pregnancies need real options and support, not abortion."

For a comprehensive look at the bill's progression and defeat, access the St Louis Review's four articles online here.

Coverage of the bill's defeat was also picked up by other St. Louis media outlets and even a national pro-life news source