JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Supporters and opponents of abortion rallied Wednesday at the Missouri Capitol as a special session of the Legislature considered new restrictions in a state that already has some of the nation’s toughest abortion laws.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who called state lawmakers back to the Capitol for the second special session this summer, led an anti-abortion rally in support of proposed new measures such as mandatory annual health inspections of clinics.
He also spoke strongly in favor of nullifying a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination based on “reproductive health decisions” such as abortion, saying it made the heavily Democratic city “an abortion sanctuary city.”
“We’ve got to raise our voices together and tell them, ‘Not on our watch,'” he told a crowd of roughly 200, many of whom held signs that read “protect life.”
Before that, roughly 200 abortion-rights advocates gathered in the Rotunda for a mock “People’s Special Session” in protest. Participants then taped signs with messages such as “Trust Women” outside Greitens’ Capitol office — a tactic he used against legislative opponents during the last special session he called.
“It feels so unfair,” said Ellen Schapiro, a 63-year-old resident of…
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