St. Louis Archdiocese Will Not Comply Abortion Sanctuary Bill

Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Regarding Proposed City of St. Louis Ordinance Relating to Abortion

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, issued the following statement in regards to a proposed ordinance in the City of St. Louis:

Archbishop Robert Carlson

Archbishop Robert Carlson

The Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis is considering an ordinance (Board Bill 203) that attacks the most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city. This proposed ordinance seeks to make St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion, an act that kills innocent unborn children. This is not what our city should stand for; rather, St. Louis should be a sanctuary for life and compassion, especially compassion for mothers and their developing children.

Board Bill 203 is vague and ambiguous but could have terrible consequences for religious institutions. For example, a Catholic school or Catholic Charities agency could be fined by the City of St. Louis for not employing persons who publicly promote practices such as abortion. In addition, our Catholic institutions could be fined for not including coverage for abortion in their insurance plans.

Board Bill 203 could also allow the City of St. Louis to fine landlords and others who do not want to rent to or be associated with the abortion industry. This proposed ordinance, therefore, would force the people of St. Louis to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. This would be a flagrant violation of religious liberty and individual rights of conscience.

I urge the citizens of St. Louis to oppose Board Bill 203. Protection and care for human life at all stages of development from conception until natural death is a fundamental moral value shared by Catholics as well as many other people of faith. City ordinances should respect all people, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, unborn children, and people who desire to live their lives in accordance with their religious convictions.

We Will Not Comply

As the shepherd of the faithful Catholics of this region, let me be clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot and will not comply with any ordinance like Board Bill 203 that attempts to force the Church and others to become unwilling participants in the abortion business. There is no room for compromise on such a matter. This is a matter of fundamental religious and moral beliefs.

Rather than aiding and abetting the abortion industry, the archdiocese, through its various ministries and programs, will continue to extend both spiritual and material assistance to all those in need, especially the poor and those women facing crisis pregnancies who feel they have no one else to turn to for help—both during their pregnancies as well as after their child is born.

I urge the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to defeat Board Bill 203. I appeal to the humanity and the love of all freedom-loving citizens of St. Louis to make their voices heard in defense of human life.

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19 comments to St. Louis Archdiocese Will Not Comply Abortion Sanctuary Bill

  • susan goodman

    We need more Bishops like Bishop Carlson. God Bless you Bishop for your courage is protecting human life.

  • Sheila

    The devil never quits. We pray for our courageous leaders such as you, Archbiship Carlson, and pray that the timid ones find their courage. Keep up the good work and know that we need you.

  • Michael

    God bless you, Archbishop. Board Bill 203 CANNOT be passed

  • Steve Sullivan

    Thank you for this absolutely necessary response, and for all you’ve done already in defense of life!

  • Maggie Murray

    Thank you Archbishop Carlson, Australia will soon be faced with this same law, I am willing to go to jail for my beliefs.

  • Anthony Daniel Conaway

    Thank you for standing up for the unborn,Archbishop Robert Carlson, from this Roman Catholic in Cincinnati,Ohio.

  • Elizabeth

    By all means save the children. Also the Mother’s that find themselves in positions where they cannot feed themselves and the child. And by all means adopt a child already in the foster care system that is not a beautiful newborn. All children deserve a safe and loving home not just brand new babies. Stop villifing the poor that cannot afford daycare because the wages in this country and the cost of housing, and any other human basics are so far out of reach. So please. Take care of the children. Take away health care. Ridicule the poor. Make sure you are following your golden rule. Take care of the children. Take care of your judgement as it is not your place. Please, take care of your neighbors and stop the hatefulness.

    • Rosa A. Lopes

      By all means if you cannot live with the consequences that come with fornication: obestain from it. sex is only permitted by a true marriage and not by a comon-aw relationship of any kind God is very clear about that through out all the scriptures .You cannot take what you are not capable of giving .Life is given by god therefore only God has the right to take and this my dear lady it is the end of the story.God alone id the master, and Creator of life and only He has the right to dispose of it.

  • Quetzal

    So , as a pro-life person could I be hired by planned parenthood then extol my opinion on those getting an abortion then sue pp when they fire me. Does the door swing both ways?
    I love to visit Stl and spend my $$ but this new law disturbs me and would have an affect on my tourism dollars. Hit them where it hurts

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  • Charlotte

    God bless Archbishop Carlson! We need more like him. I sure hope he decides to retire to NH!

  • JoAnn V.

    Thank you Archbishop Carlson for totally standing up for Pro Life and religious freedom by openly rebuking the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s “Board Bill 203”. I applaud you for being a strong leader and following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to do God’s will as He directs you. I pray that all of your priests will back you up on this rebuke of the Board of Aldermen.
    May God richly bless you for your Pro-Life/Religious Freedom efforts.
    In the Holy Spirit,
    JoAnn V

  • R, ,mueller

    When Cardinal George of Chicago was threatened by Blogovich that he would close the Catholic
    Hospitals if Catholic hospitals did not provide abortions Cardinal George replied you don’t need
    to close my hospitals. I will close them . You come get my sick St Louis is known as the Rome of the West. And will stand firm .
    Vote the entire council out of office, drain the swamp

  • Juanita Young

    Thanks be to God for this priest who stands for the truth…I have never in my life seen the likes of evil legislated sin….what are these politicians thinking? When you die you stand before God and give an accounting of your every thought word and deed….do they really think God will not notice these sinful laws that are being forced upon people?

  • Joe Palko Sr.

    All dioceses need to take the same stand. The Church and all Christians and all people who value life need to be vocal. Kudos To Most Reverend Archbishop Robert J. Carlson – a true role model. God bless you!
    Board Bill 203 is the type of law the Nazis started to implement. St. Louis and America is so much better than this. Do not pass this bill.

  • Joyce Demarest

    May God bless this loyal priest and the people of his diocese.

  • Deacon Omer DuBois

    IWHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY????? if there ever was anything to protest about, this is number one on the list! How in good conscience can anyone even propose a bill like this is beyond my realm of thinking. Life is VERY precious it is a gift from God every time I hear things like this I think of all the women who are unable to have children and we have. Electied officials wanting to kill children. WHEN WILL THIS INSANE GARBAGE END? LORD FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ATE DOING?

  • Holly

    WRITE YOUR REPS RESPECTFULLY AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BILL. THEY HAVE TO LISTEN AT THE VERY LEAST. FLOOD THEIR OFFICES WITH POLITE RESPONSES OF NO TO THE BILL.

  • Ann Schaefbauer

    Pray without ceasing for wonderful leaders such as Archbishop Carlson! Thank you for your unwavering love of Christ and His people and for strong, compassionate leadership! Know that there are many who support you — and each one of us needs to use our voice to stand against this evil!

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