During a debate on a tax increase that would benefit St Louis Zoo, Senator Bob Onder attempted to link it to the city’s recent anti-discrimination ordinance which would ban employers and landlords from discriminating against women who have had an abortion.
Claiming it had made itself an “abortion sanctuary city”, he filed an amendment to the Zoo Tax Proposal, which said it should have to change its name to “The Midwest Abortion Sanctuary City Zoological Park.”
Republican senator Wayne Wallingford also suggested women should go to the zoo to get a termination “because we know it will be safer”.
Mr. Onder then picked up the zoo theme and compared having an abortion to putting down animals.
“Let’s think about this,” he said, referencing the state law that requires a three-day waiting period before a woman can have an abortion, during which time she must receive state-sponsored counseling to discourage her from going through with the procedure.