Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eric Greitens Gets a Message From His Neighbors: 'This Neighborhood Trusts Women'

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Kirstin Palovick with a newly planted sign. - COURTESY OF NARAL PRO-CHOICE MISSOURI
  • COURTESY OF NARAL PRO-CHOICE MISSOURI
  • Kirstin Palovick with a newly planted sign.

Missouri's newly sworn-in governor, Eric Greitens, got a bit of a brushback pitch from his neighbors in the Central West End yesterday — with yard signs proclaiming, "This neighborhood trusts women."

The signs came courtesy of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, which advocates for abortion rights. Inspired a similar stunt surrounding Mike Pence's soon-to-be home in Washington, D.C., the agency's executive director, Alison Dreith, ordered up a batch of twenty signs.



Yesterday, a group of staffers and volunteers got to work looking for neighbors willing to take them. Kirstin Palovick, the agency's organizing and policy associate, said they found ready takers for about a half-dozen.

"The first three we knocked on, all three said yes," she says.

The team had fruitful conversations with other neighbors (not a single person who opened the door was hostile, Palovick notes) and left their contact information for those who weren't home or wanted to think about it. They're hoping to get a few more up in the coming days.

Dreith believes they send a message that the Republican governor needs to hear.

"Our hope is for them to be up for awhile," Dreith says. "There are nineteen anti-choice bills pending in the state legislature, five of them which have a hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 8 a.m."

Referring to the length of the upcoming legislative session, she adds, "It's going to be a long five months, and as the governor said, he is more focused on fixing the economy. We say that reproductive freedom has everything to do with the economy. Instead of passing more restrictions, when Missouri is already the third most restrictive state in the country, he should leave abortion alone and focus on getting paid family leave to help families who want to work."

click to enlarge COURTESY OF NARAL PRO-CHOICE MISSOURI
  • COURTESY OF NARAL PRO-CHOICE MISSOURI

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 28, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation