Roe Resolution In a 20-2 vote, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted in March 2018 to recognize the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a Roe Resolution. By passing this resolution, the Board of Aldermen showed that it has a vested interest in ensuring St. Louisans have fair access to a full spectrum of reproductive health care services and urged the Missouri General Assembly to codify Roe.
The Buffer Zone Bill Board Bill 34, also known as The Buffer Zone Bill, would protect patients and clinic personnel from unwanted harassment and interference when entering and exiting clinics by establishing an 8 foot buffer zone around the driveway. After its introduction in June 2017, the bill slowly made its way through St. Louis Board of Aldermen via the Public Safety committee and was set to be third read and passed. Sadly, the Buffer Zone Bill ultimately did not pass in the 2017-2018 session. This legislation is not gone forever, however, because we believe the Board supports women and their right to accessing health care free of harassment. We will be reintroducing Buffer Zone legislation again in the future!
St. Louis Reproductive Nondiscrimination (Board Bill 203) In February 2017, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance to protect city residents from discrimination based on their reproductive decisions, including abortion, using birth control, IVF, or in pregnancy. No person should be fired from their job or denied housing based on their private reproductive health choices. NARAL will continue to work on the state level to make sure these protections are available for all women and families.