St. Louis Public Radio News
5:29 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

St. Louis lawmaker's comment draws fire

Jefferson City, MO – State Senator Joan Bray (D, St. Louis) has angered some of her Republican colleagues over comments made late Wednesday night during debate over an abortion bill.

"I'm sick of the ethic around here that men are pro-life for their wives and pro-choice for their girlfriends," Bray said from the Senate floor.

No one responded last night, but this morning State Senator Jack Goodman (R, Mt. Vernon) called Bray's comments slanderous.

Bray says she was not referring to anyone specifically, but was describing a culture of sexism that exists at the State Capitol.

The bill passed by the Senate would mandate a more detailed informed consent process for women seeking an abortion.