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Missouri governor calls special session on abortion

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Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry) Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says he's calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to work on abortion policies.

Greitens announced Wednesday he's calling another special session starting Monday to address a St. Louis ordinance against discrimination based on abortions and pregnancies. Greitens has criticized the ordinance.

"There's a new city law that makes St. Louis a sanctuary city," Greitens said in a Facebook post.

Greitens says he also wants new abortion regulations, including annual inspections of clinics.

While largely symbolic, the St. Louis ordinance bans employers from firing, refusing to hire or disciplining women because they have an abortion, take contraception, use artificial insemination or become pregnant while not married. It also bans such discrimination in housing.

"I think it's a publicity stunt by the governor," Democratic State Representative Bob Burns of South County says.

"This is just another way to rally his base."

"I commend the governor for calling the special session," Republican State Senator Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis told News 4.

Onder is a vocal pro-life voice in the State Senate.

This is the second time Greitens has called lawmakers back since the May end of their annual session. The last special session dealt with utility rates for steel and aluminum plants.

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