ST. LOUIS, MO — At the final full board meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for the 2018-2019 regular session, Board Bill 212 was second read and perfected and Resolution 225 was passed. Board Bill 212 will be third read and up for final passage at the sine die session on April 15th.
Board Bill 212, which was sponsored by Ald. Christine Ingrassia of the 6th Ward, is a critical first step in protecting the reproductive rights of incarcerated people. The bill passed the Public Safety committee on Thursday by a unanimous vote.
“St. Louis has taken two great strides towards protecting reproductive freedom today,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Board President Leah Boersig. “Thank you to the Board of Aldermen for perfecting Board Bill 212 and passing Resolution 225 with overwhelming support. While the Missouri General Assembly actively works to pass anti-choice legislation, St. Louis has once again proved they will lead the state in protecting bodily autonomy. We look forward to continue to working with the Board of Alderman to continue to improve the lives of incarcerated women, including seeing the end of shackling incarcerated women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.”
Board Bill 212 will help protect women and infant health by ensuring quality prenatal and postpartum health care, placing restrictions on the use of restraints, and requiring city jails to provide tampons or pads as needed for menstruating inmates.
“Thank you to the Board for perfecting Board Bill 212 today,” said Christine Ingrassia. “I commend our Corrections Commissioner, Dale Glass and City Sheriff, Vernon Betts, on being proactive partners in this conversation and to the many advocacy groups working on these issues each day. I look forward to seeing the bill pass at the sine die session on April 15.”
Ald. Megan Green, Ald. Pam Boyd, Ald. Cara Spencer, Ald. Shane Cohn, Ald. Joe Vaccaro, Ald. Jack Coatar, Ald. Terry Kennedy, Ald. Larry Arnowitz, Ald. Annie Rice and Ald. Jeffery Boyd were added as cosponsors to the legislation.
Additionally, Resolution 225, was passed 20-1 today. The resolution, sponsored by Ald. Annie Rice, calls on state and national legislatures to protect abortion coverage in private and public insurances.
“I’m thankful to my colleagues at the Board of Aldermen for continuing to support and advocate for people who can become pregnant, for families, and for access to insurance coverage for the full range of healthcare services that people in our city need,” said Annie Rice.
More than 10,000 women of reproductive age in St. Louis enrolled in Medicaid are denied coverage for comprehensive pregnancy-related care that includes abortion care, because Missouri Healthnet restricts coverage of abortion. Missouri law also bans insurance coverage of abortion on the state insurance exchange and in private insurance plans.
Resolution 225 is cosponsored by Ald. Megan Green, Ald. Christine Ingrassia, Ald. Dan Guenther, Ald. Cara Spencer and Ald. Heather Navarro.