A group of people holding signs supporting Planned Parenthood during a pro choice demonstration.

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Planned Parenthood Buffer Zone Bill Expected to Pass

March 02, 2018 - 8:10 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is poised to give final passage this morning to a bill that would require abortion opponents to stay eight-feet-back from patients outside Planned Parenthood.


After passing out of committee on Ash Wednesday, the bill needs 15 votes to pass today, and it could be close. Sponsoring Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia argues its about public safety, not religion.

"I was raised Catholic, I went to Catholic elementary and highish, spent a year at St. Louis University, so I don't see this as an issue about Catholicism or abortion, I see it as a public safety issue," she says.

Ingrassia was planning to work the phones to keep the 15 aldermen she needs to vote yes from changing their minds. 

"I think there's always potential that lobbying efforts on either side of a bill can have people change their minds at the last minute, but I'm confident in the votes I have and the commitment that the people that I've spoken to have made to me," she says.